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Provisional drivers will soon welcome changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme.Provisional drivers will soon welcome changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme.

As of Monday, July 28, P1 drivers and learner motorcyclists under the age of 25 will no longer be able to drive between the hours of 12am and 5am.

This includes anyone who has a P1 licence on July, 28, 2014 and anyone who obtains a P1 licence on or after July 28.

This rule, however, does not apply to P2 licence holders or motorcyclists under 25 who hold a P2 licence or a full car licence.

The state government decided this change was necessary as it found all drivers have an increased risk of crashing when driving late at night but the risk is greater for young, inexperienced drivers.

Inexperience in night driving as well as fatigue and risk taking are all contributing factors.

This rule is not the only change to the GLS, as P1 licence holders under the age of 25 from July 28, will no longer be able to drive with more than one passenger aged 16 to 20.

This change was introduced as the government found young drivers are four to five times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash when they have two or more peer-aged passengers.

Carrying peer-aged passengers can distract a driver and also encourage a young driver to take greater risks.

Those on their learner’s permit applying for their P1 licence on or after July 28 will also need to first pass a hazard perception test.

Until this change, provisional drivers were only required to take this test before applying for their P2 licence.

Regression to a previous licence stage following a disqualification period will be removed.

This will mean disqualified L and P plate drivers will return to the licence stage they were at when they committed the offence.

For example; if a driver was disqualified for an offence committed while on a P1 licence, after serving the disqualification period they would be issued a new P1 licence and would be subject to all the laws and conditions that apply to that licence stage.

Minister for Road Safety Tony Piccolo said the first year of driving unsupervised is the riskiest driving period in a person’s life.

“Inexperience, night time driving and the peer pressure from passengers all contribute to an increased risk of being involved in a crash,” Mr Piccolo said.

“These new laws are about protecting younger drivers’ lives and the lives of others on our roads.”

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