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Rules for learner driving

Once you have successfully obtained your learner licence you can start driving—with a supervisor. Make sure you:

  • only drive with a supervisor who holds a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
  • always display your L plates
  • carry your learner licence with you
  • record 100 hours of supervised driving in your learner logbook, including 10 hours of night driving
  • know the rules for driving.

L plates

L-plate
L plate

You must clearly display L plates when you are learning to drive.

The minimum size and colour of an L plate is 14.6cm x 14.6cm, with a black uppercase letter ‘L’ on a yellow background. You cannot use any other colour.

You can buy L plates from most service stations, major retailers and automotive outlets. Or, you can make your own if they are the right size and colour.

You can use this L plate template to create your own L plates. Just print 2 copies on a colour printer. You can also laminate them, if you want to.

How to display your L plates

You must display L plates so the letter ‘L’ on each plate can be seen clearly at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles) from 20m away.

You and your supervisor may both be fined if your L plates are not correctly displayed. As the learner driver, you will get 2 demerit points recorded on your traffic history. If you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months.

If a person on a provisional or open licence drives the vehicle and does not remove the L plates, they may be fined. This does not apply to accredited driver trainers.

Rules for driving with a learner licence

When learning to drive you must:

  • have a supervisor beside you—someone who holds a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
  • clearly display L plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorcycles)
  • carry your learner licence, or driver licence receipt if you are waiting for your licence, and show it to a police officer if asked
  • comply with the no alcohol limit
  • not be affected by drugs—either illegal or prescription
  • obey any conditions on your learner licence, such as only driving with corrective lenses if you have the condition code S
  • follow all Queensland road rules.

Mobile phone rules for young learner drivers

All drivers are banned from using a mobile phone that is held in the hand while driving, but if you are under 25, you can’t use a mobile phone of any type at any time. This includes hands-free, wireless headsets and speaker phones. Park the vehicle safely before making or taking a call or texting.

If you are found using a mobile phone while driving, you may be given a fine and 3 demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. Double demerit points will apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within 1 year of an earlier offence.

As a learner driver, if you get 4 or more demerit points in a 12 month period, you will be suspended from driving for 3 months.

If you are under 25, your supervisor and passengers can’t use a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving. If your supervisor or passengers are found using a mobile phone on loudspeaker while you are driving, they will be given a fine.

This table explains the mobile phone restrictions. If your supervisor or passenger is on a call, they cannot use loudspeaker as this may distract you while you are driving.

Licence type and age Hands-free Wireless headsets Mobile phone on speaker setting Hand-held
Learner licence holder under 25 (car class C) Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed
Supervisors and passengers of a learner licence holder who is under 25 Allowed Allowed Not allowed Allowed

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Last updated
28 April 2016

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