Project Status: In Progress

Thank you for sharing your feedback and ideas, submissions for the Your PLates Review are now closed.

Read the report on what we heard during consultation while a consultation report is being finalised.

Too many young drivers are being killed and injured on Canberra roads. Improving road safety for young and new drivers is an ongoing national conversation and a responsibility we share.

The changes we will introduce will bring the ACT into line with other States and Territories, meeting national guidelines that set how we can help protect young people learning to drive or driving independently for the first time.


How you had YourSay:

The ACT Government is introducing a range of changes to improve the safety of young drivers and reduce the road toll.

We asked for your feedback from 3 April - 28 May, through our online Your Plates Survey and Kitchen Table Discussion Guide.

We received more than 4300 responses to the online survey, several Kitchen Table Discussion Guides and also spoke with some of Canberra’s youth as part of Youth Week celebrations.

Your feedback will inform the timing of reforms, consider the appropriate staging of restrictions, and the development and design of any exemptions to minimise hardship on members of our community.

Winners from the Your Plates Survey Draw to win 1 of 2 double business lounge passes to the Canberra Raiders game will be drawn by noon on 5 June 2017. and announced on the Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s website.

We are looking at:

Our situation: Too many young drivers are being killed and injured on Canberra roads. Improving road safety for young and new drivers is an ongoing national conversations. We have drawn on insights and experiences from across Australia.

The changes: We are looking at a graduated licensing scheme that is a staged approach with restrictions that are reduced as a driver gains experiences. There is no one solution, which is why we are looking at a range of approaches that work together to change driver behaviour including:

  • introducing P1 (for 1 years) and P2 (for 2 years) to target restrictions for new drivers
  • requiring learner drivers to hold their licence for at least a year until they are 17 years old and complete a minimum of 100 supervised driving hours (including at least 10 hours at night)
  • restricting P1 drivers from having more than one passenger aged 16-24 years
  • restricting P1 drivers from driving between midnight and 5am
  • reducing demerit points for P drivers to four points in three years
  • banning mobiles phones, including hands free, for L, P1 and P2 drivers
  • introducing hazard perception testing before P plates

These changes will only apply to drivers entering the licensing system at a date yet to be set.

The considerations: We recognise some changes may affect prospective drivers and their families.

For example, where a restriction on night time driving between midnight and 5am may impact an individuals ability to get to work or study or come home from work or study or where passenger restrictions may impact travel for siblings.

We need to examine the restrictions, what exemptions may apply and work through when we introduce the changes.

Your views are being used to:

  • inform the timing of reforms
  • consider the appropriate staging of restrictions, whether they should apply to P1 or P2 drivers and for how long
  • the development, design and application of any exemptions to minimise hardship on members of our community.


P1 & P2 Stages

P1 drivers are most at risk of a crash during the first few months. Introducing P1 and P2 stages allows restrictions to be targeted and lifted as the driver gains experience.

Supervised Driving

More supervised time on the road increases the experience of ACT learner drivers in all weather condistions and other challenging situations.

One Passenger

Carrying peer aged passenger can distrcat a driver and also encourage a young drive rto take greater risks.

Mobile Phones

Young drivers are more prone to distraction. Any activity that distracts a driver can result in more lane deviations, driver reaction delays and the risk of not anticipating potential hazards.

4 Demerit Points

Quick and severe penalties are needed to deter high risk driving behabiours.

Midnight to 5AM

Night time restrictions lower fatigue, unintentional low range drink driving and distracted driving.