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Mind Your P’s and DQ’s


Any disqualification of your Provisional Drivers Licence in NSW is no laughing matter. Whether you are on your P1 (Red Provisional licence) or your P2 (Green Provisional licence), the time you spend on each level, more than the minimum requirements, is entirely in your hands.

Suspensions

If you exceed your points on either licence, you face a suspension period of up to three months. If your provisional licence is to be suspended, unlike an unrestricted licence, you can appeal the suspension at court. The Magistrate has the power to reduce your suspension period as they see fit, and once the decision is made, it’s final.

The problem faced by Provisional drivers when receiving a suspension period, is that the time spent off the road must be made up before being able to progress on to your next licence. For example, if your P1 licence is suspended for 1 month, you must make up that month before being able to progress to your P2’s.

Disqualifications

If you commit a serious offence, like a PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) whilst on your Provisional Licence, it is likely that you will be convicted and disqualified. A conviction means that you will have a criminal record, a criminal penalty up to and including the posibility of imprisonment depending on the offence, and finally a court ordered disqualification.

Aside from the other two punishments (conviction and criminal penalty), a disqualification for a provisional driver has the added sting of resetting the time you need to spend on your P’s. For example:

  • You have spent 23 months on your P2’s;
  • You have one drink and think you are ok to drive;
  • You are pulled over for an RBT and return a reading of 0.015 (Novice Range);
  • You go to court, are convicted, fined up to $1100 and disqualified for 3-6 months;
  • At the end of the suspension period off the road, you are eligible to start driving again;
  • HOWEVER, you start back at the beginning and need to complete the 24 months all over again before you are eligible for your unrestricted licence.

So the clear advice is don’t commit any offences on your Provisional licence. You will only wind up spending even longer on your Provisional licence, and that’s before we even consider the criminal penalties that can follow.

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Written by Tyson Brown on January 2, 2018

Tyson has a down to earth, straightforward approach to life and the law, one which is well received by all who meet him. Tyson has the ability to relate to all clients on a personal level, having spent many years prior to his legal career in customer service and hospitality.


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