Changes from 1 August 2014 will make it easier for P-Platers. The current vehicle restrictions have been reviewed and the changes reflect modern technology use of forced induction for economy not necessarily performance.
More information will be posted as it comes to hand, but in the meantime this RMS link gives a good overview.
Motorcyclists will now legally be able to lane-filter in certain situations. It is important for all motorists to keep abreast of Rules changes. For more information follow this link: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/motorcyclists/lanefiltering/index.html
Safer Drivers Course
The Safer Drivers Course for Learner Drivers was launched by Roads and Maritime Services in July 2013 and was initially delivered by 14 approved companies (service providers) in most regions around the state. In January 2014, 8 new providers came on board to expand the range of course delivery and improve accessibility to young learner drivers in NSW.
The course was designed to give young learner drivers a better understanding of the behavioral factors that can lead to a crash, and to build on their strengths with regard to how they can be in better control of their risk levels. Completion of the course will give the learner driver a credit of 20 hours in their log book.
So far feedback from attendees has been fantastic and take up of the course has grown. The cost to attend is $140 and is the same regardless of company delivering the as it is subsidized by the State Government. For further information on this initiative, please go to:
The NSW Driver Trainers Association has a partnership agreement with the PCYC to supply instructors to deliver the in car sessions of the course. This is a great partnership as it allows for a high level of professionalism across the board and with the widest spread across the state. To view details of courses being run by the PCYC, go to:
New Speed Limits
NSW Learner Drivers are now allowed to travel at up to 90kph. This is an increase from the 80kph they have been restricted to previously and has been changed in an effort to bring us closer in line with the rest of the country.
This change means the transition from L’s to P’s will be less dramatic with a novice driver able to experience the speed P plate drivers are allowed to travel at whilst still being supervised. It also tones down some of the “buzz” a new driver may experience when driving at a higher speed for the first time, as they will have been able to do it while still a learner.
The NSW Driver Trainers Association would still like to see this speed for learners increase further up to 100kph to again bring it closer to other states and territories, and will continue to lobby the NSW Government to make this change in the future.
More info at: http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/gettingalicence/car/learners/learner-driver-initiative-qa.html