From Monday, 20 November 2017, there are some changes for learner, P1 and P2 drivers:
Learner drivers will have to pass the Hazard Perception Test before they can attempt the driving test
P1 drivers will no longer have to pass the Hazard Perception Test to apply for a P2 licence. As long as you pass the Hazard Perception Test before you were issued your P1 licence, and you’ve held your P1 licence for at least 12 months, you can apply for your P2 licence without taking a test
The Driver Qualification Test is being removed, so after 20 November 2017 if you've had your P2 licence for at least 24 months, you can apply for your full licence without doing a test. This is only for P2 licences issued from 20 November.
If your P2 licence is suspended for getting too many demerit points, or for a higher risk offence like speeding by 30km/h or more, you will need to spend an extra 6 months on your P2 licence. Also remember that any time spent suspended does not count towards the 24 months you need before you can apply for your full licence. You'll need to complete an extra 6 months for every suspension received while on your P2 licence.
I already have my learner, P1 or P2 licence – how will the changes affect me?
If you already have a learner licence, and you haven’t progressed to a P1 licence by 20 November 2017, you will need to pass the Hazard Perception test before you can book your driving test. Hazard Perception Test online bookings will be available for learners to book from 20 November 2017.
This applies to all learner licence holders, even if you’re 25 or older.
You need to hold your learner licence for at least 10 months before you can sit the Hazard Perception Test.
25 or over
You can take the Hazard Perception Test at any time before you book your driving test. Remember the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) for learners does not last forever. If you wait more than 15 months without passing the driving test, you’ll have to do the HPT again.
If you got your P1 licence before 20 November 2017, you will need to pass the Hazard Perception Test before you can apply for your P2 licence. This applies whether you apply for your P2 before or after 20 November 2017. If you renew your P1 licence you’ll still need to pass the Hazard Perception Test before you can apply for your P2 licence but only if you haven’t done one earlier. Remember you need to hold your P1 licence for at least 12 months before you can apply for a P2 licence.
If you got your P2 licence before 20 November 2017, you will need to pass the Driver Qualification Test before you can apply for a full licence. This applies whether you apply for your full licence before or after 20 November 2017. You are not subject to the extra 6 month period if your P2 licence is suspended. If you renew your P2 licence on or after 20 November 2017 and are suspended for unsafe driving you will need to do an extra 6 months on your P2 licence before applying for a full unrestricted licence. P2 licences issued after 20 November do not need to do the DQT.
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