Life as a young person is supposed to be easy going and relaxing. But when it comes to driving, it sometimes seems to be the opposite! If you’re on your P plates and working on getting your full license, there are a series of P plate restrictions and P plate rules you need be aware of and follow. That’s along with the general Victorian road rules.

But there’s a reason for those P plate restrictions. Young and inexperienced drivers in Melbourne and Victoria are vastly over-represented in accidents and fatalities on our roads. At its core, that’s down to drivers on their P plates not having the same amount of experience on the road.

So the Victorian P plate rules are there for a reason – but that doesn’t mean they’re not confusing! This article will outline all the P plate restrictions for Victoria, and for young drivers in Melbourne, or in regional Victoria.

A GoGet Corolla at Melbourne Airport with a Victorian license plate

Getting your License in Victoria

In Victoria the first license you’ll need to get is your learners. This lets you learn to drive when there’s an experienced, fully licensed driver in the passenger seat. After you’ve passed the requirements, you can then do your driving test and apply for a provisional license (your red P plates). After a few years on a provisional license, you can apply for a full Victorian license.

To get your learner license, you need to;

  • – Be at least 16 years old
  • – Pass the learner permit knowledge test (you’ll need to get 25 out of 32 questions right – so study hard!)

To get your P plates, you need to:

  • – Be at least 18 years old
  • – If you’re under 21, you must have completed a minimum of 120 hours of supervised driving as a learner, including 20 hours of night driving*
  • – If you’re under 21 years old, you need to have had your learners permit for at least 12 months
  • – If you’re aged 21 to 25 years old, you need to have had your learners permit for at least 6 months
  • – When you’re 25 years old or more, you need to have had your learners permit for at least 3 months
  • – You must pass the Hazard Perception Test, which you can take from the age of 17 years and 11 months
  • – You must pass the drive test

After passing the drive test, you’ll either get your red P plates or your green P plates. If you’re under 21 you’ll be given your P1 license, or your red P plates. You’ll need to stay on red P plates for a year before you can apply for your green P’s, which you’ll need to have for three years before applying for a full license.

If you’re over 21 years old with you pass your drive test, you’ll go straight to your green P plates, which you’ll need to hold for 3 years before applying for a full license.

*If you got your learner license before November 1st 2017, you only need to do 10 hours of night driving. But 20 hours won’t hurt!

GoGet P Plate Restrictions

Let’s get this out of the way first. There’s only one P plate restriction if you want to use GoGet, we require drivers to have had at least one year’s solo driving experience. That means that no matter what age you are, if you’ve been on your P plates for 12 months you can join!

Car share is an awesome way to get around Melbourne, and GoGet is the largest and longest operating car share network in Victoria. With over 600 cars parked all over Melbourne, you’ll be able to find a car when and where you need one, while avoiding the cost and hassles of owning a car.

As a bonus, you’re not restricted to just one car! With GoGet, you can jump in a Corolla, a Hiace van, an Audi convertible, or an SUV – whatever kind of car you need! If you happen to be a student, we’ve got great student rates that make it even cheaper.

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P Plate Restrictions in Victoria

Here are all the P plate restrictions in Victoria, organised by both red and green P plate rules.  It’s worth noting that if you break any of the P plate restrictions or other road rules, you could increase the amount of time you have to hold your provisional license. If your license is suspended, that period won’t count towards your minimum license term!

Victorian Red P Plate Restrictions

  • – Victorian red P plate rules do not set a special speed limit on drivers. P platers can drive at the signposted speed.
  • – Red P platers must have a 0.00% blood alcohol content. You cannot have any alcohol in your system.
  • – No mobile phone use is allowed, including speaker phone or hands-free.
  • – Red P platers can’t have more than one passenger between 16 and 22, unless that passenger is the driver’s spouse/live-in partner, sibling, or step-sibling. For example, you can have a 20 year old friend along with your 21 year old sister, but not two 19 year old friends. Exceptions apply, including for drivers of emergency vehicles – click here for details.
  • – If your license is cancelled or suspended, you won’t be able to carry more than one passenger for the rest of your time on your red P’s, no matter their age or relation.
  • – Victorian Red P platers cannot tow another motor vehicle or trailer. A few exceptions include when it’s required in your work, if the tow is being used for agriculture, or if there’s an experienced driver in the passenger seat, and a ‘driver under instruction’ plate is displayed on the front or rear of the car.
  • – You’re allowed to display red P plates from inside your car, but they must be clearly visible. There are some fairly strict rules around the colour and size of P plates, which you can find here.
  • – Red P platers must not drive a prohibited vehicle. VicRoads have a database of prohibited vehicles here.
  • – If you completed your drive test on an automatic car, you can only drive an automatic on your red P plates.

Victorian Green P Plate Restrictions

  • – Victorian green P plate rules do not set a special speed limit on drivers. P platers can drive at the signposted speed.
  • – Green P platers must have a 0.00% blood alcohol content. You cannot have any alcohol in your system.
  • – No mobile phone use is allowed, including speaker phone or hands-free.
  • – You are allowed to display red P plates from inside your car, but they must be clearly visible. There are some fairly strict rules around the colour and size of P plates, which you can find here.
  • – Green P platers must not drive a prohibited vehicle – VicRoads have a database of prohibited vehicles here.
  • – If you completed your drive test on an automatic car, you can only drive an automatic on your green P plates.

P Plate Restrictions: There to keep you safe!

With ignorance no excuse in the eyes of the law, there’s a lot for Victorian P plate drivers to remember, we understand that! The P plate restrictions are confusing at first, but you’ll get used to them, and you’ll get used to driving with them.

But with P plate rules changing from state to state, calling them confusing is totally reasonable. That’s why we wrote this guide, and it’s why we’re writing a P plate restrictions guide for every state – you can find the links below.

It’s also the reason GoGet car share only has one P plate restriction – that you’ve been driving solo for at least 1 year. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy the benefits of car share, from saving money on owning a car, to being able to drive a huge range of cars, to being able to find a car where ever you need one!

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P Plate Restrictions in other states:

P Plate Rules in NSW