Hazard perception test for P1 licence holders
Changes to the hazard perception test
From Monday 29 March 2021 all car and motorcycle learners will be required to pass a hazard perception test to upgrade their licence.
If you obtained your P1 licence before Monday 29 March 2021, you will have to pass the hazard perception test before getting your P2 or open licence.
The hazard perception test measures how quickly you can identify and respond to dangerous driving situations.
It is an online test—you can’t take the test at a customer service centre.
You must pass the hazard perception test before you can upgrade to a P2 provisional licence or an open licence:
- If you were 23 or younger when you received your P1 licence, you will get a P2 licence.
- If you were 24 or older when you received your P1 licence, you will get an open licence.
You can do the test as many times as you need until you pass the test, however you can only do the test once a day. You only need to pay for the test once—when you pass.
Who can take the hazard perception test
You can take the hazard perception test after you have held your P1 licence for at least 1 year. The 1 year period does not have to be continuous, but does not include any time that your P1 licence was expired, suspended, or cancelled.
If your P1 licence is currently suspended or cancelled you will need to wait until your licence is current again before you can take the test. You can only take the test if your P1 licence is current.
How to prepare for the test
The best way to improve your hazard perception skills and pass the test is by getting plenty of driving experience. Good hazard perception is based on your ability to read the road ahead and look out for hazards that may turn into a traffic conflict.
A traffic hazard or conflict is a situation where your vehicle is on course to hit another road user, such as a pedestrian, bicycle rider, bus, truck, motorcycle or another car. If your vehicle needs to slow down or change course to prevent a crash, then there is a traffic conflict.
One way to improve your hazard perception skills when you are driving is by looking beyond the vehicle directly in front of you and noticing potential hazards like pedestrians or slowing or turning vehicles. The key to good hazard perception is being able to identify early when a potential hazard conflict is likely to occur.
Taking the test online
You will need your driver licence number to log in.
Before you start, make sure you have a laptop or desktop computer with a mouse and a broadband internet connection (a minimum download speed of 256kpbs is recommended). If you do not have a broadband internet connection at home, you can take the test at a public library or internet café or kiosk. If you live on the Cape York Peninsula, visit the Cape York Digital Network website to find out where you can get internet access.
This service requires 30 to 60Mb of video content download. Use this service on a PC, laptop or tablet. It is not available on smartphones as the videos will not display well enough to practise or do the test.
The test consists of videos of traffic scenes. You need to identify traffic hazards using your mouse. Your reaction time between spotting a traffic hazard and clicking on it with your mouse determines your score.
Each video contains 1 traffic hazard—you need to predict the traffic hazard or conflict and respond to it by clicking on the other road user involved in the traffic conflict as quickly as possible. You should see a yellow circle appear when you click on the other road user. This means that your click has been recorded. Your click is timed and will be used to determine whether you pass the hazard perception test.
Before you take the test, you will watch an instructional video, and be able to take a practice test.
The hazard perception test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, but you should allow yourself up to 45 minutes to:
- watch the instruction video
- complete the practice test
- read and accept the terms and conditions
- download the test
- take the test and receive feedback on your result
- pay for the test online, if you choose this option.
If you do not pass the test, your hazard perception test feedback report will tell you why.
You can try again the next day—remember you only pay for the test once you have passed it.
After you have passed the test
When you pass the test, you will be given options for how to pay the test fee. You can pay this fee online using a debit or credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.
If you pass and pay for the test online, you may be able to have your P1 licence automatically upgraded to a P2 or open licence and a new licence with your existing digital photo will be sent to you.
Your licence cannot be automatically upgraded if:
- you have a laminate licence
- your licence is expired or will expire within 6 weeks from the date you pay your test fee
- you have not had a digital photo taken and digitised signature recorded in the last 9 years.
If you want to pay cash or if your licence is not automatically upgraded to a P2 or open licence you will need to apply at a:
- Department of Transport and Main Roads customer service centre
- participating QGAP office
- licence-issuing police station (in rural or remote areas of Queensland).
You will need to bring:
- your evidence of identity
- if needed, a medical certificate from your doctor stating that you are fit to drive
- the hazard perception test fee.
You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.
You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.
The earliest you can upgrade your P1 licence is the day after you have held your P1 licence for 1 year (not including any periods of licence suspension or disqualification).