Northern TerritoryLike the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory has no restrictions on the type of car that can be driven by a P. Queensland In Queensland, P-Plate drivers are subject to restrictions similar to those of NSW and Victoria – no V8 or larger, no turbos or compressors, unless they are diesels with six cylinders or less – with some more specific prohibitions on gyro engine vehicles with a displacement of more than 1,146 liters or engines with more than 200 kW. The power-to-weight ratio is less than 130 Kw/t, so the all-new Toyota GR Yaris P-Plate is legal. For example, exceptions can be applied on an individual basis if a plater wants to drive a non-compliant family car. From state to state, the P-plate rules are structured as follows: At the top of the list of cars that do not fall under the legal P license plate criteria is a specific list of RTAs that cannot be driven by P-plates registered after July 1, 2007. Regulators across the country are gradually restricting the selection of cars that P-Platers can legally drive. The above exceptions that can be powered by a P-Plater are: Suzuki Cappuccino 2D Cabriolet Turbo 3 657â698cc (1992-1997); Daihatsu Copen L880 2D Cabriolet Turbo 4 659cc (2003 or later); Smart Fortwo Coupe 2D Turbo 3,698cc (2000 or more); Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Turbo 3 2D 698cc (2000 or more); Smart Roadster Turbo 3 2D 698cc (2000 or higher); Toyota LandCruiser. In all of the above states, P-Platers are not allowed to drive a vehicle that has been modified except by the manufacturer. The list is not exhaustive; For example, if you are a P-Plater or a relative or friend of a P-Plater who owns a classic Holden, the 1978 VB Holden Commodore 4.2 V8 is approved for a P-Plater. However, if you want to drive very similar vehicles from 1979 in the VB series to VH Commodore, they are not on the list. Victorian P-Platers may also drive vehicles under the club`s registration system (i.e., under the Program for Vehicles 25 Years and Older), unless the vehicle exhibits engine performance changes other than those made by the vehicle manufacturer. There is another large group of cars that meet the 130 kW /ton rule, but cannot be driven by a P-Plater.
The RMS list of novice drivers – Restrictions on high-performance vehicles includes more than 600 vehicles that authorities deem too risky for young drivers. There are exceptions in South Australia, such as Victoria, where turbocharged or supercharged vehicles that have low power and are designed for efficiency relative to power are allowed to drive for P-Platers. More information can be found here. The ACT imposes no restrictions on the type of car that can be driven by a P-tray – P-Platers can even take part in a temporary “P off” road ready optional course, which allows drivers who are clearly responsible to remove P license plates within six months of receiving a license. Western AustraliaP-plate drivers in Western Australia are not limited in the type of car that can be driven. Western Australia`s Department of Planning and Infrastructure has a “Safe Driver Rewards Programme” which “provides a free licence to all P-Platers who survive their probationary period without penalty and reward their responsible and safe driving”. The “no turbocharger” rule is repealed if the engine is diesel, unless it has more than six cylinders. This means that P-Platers are not allowed to drive vehicles such as Toyota`s new LandCruiser turbodiesel V8 or the Audi A8 turbodiesel V8.
The list of approved vehicles can be found here and more details on restrictions on Queensland P-Plate vehicles can be found here. Restrictions on high-performance vehicles in South Australia do not apply to P-Platers who are 25 years of age or older or who obtained their P1 or P2 licence before 4 September 2010. To be sure that you are buying a legal P-Plate vehicle in Queensland; You can check the status of a high-powered vehicle on the Queensland Transport and Services website. Restrictions on high-performance vehicles apply to Queenslander P1 and P2 licence holders under the age of 25 or over the age of 25 if they are returning from disqualification to a P1 or P2 test licence and were under 25 years of age at the time of the offence. These restrictions apply to the rest of the period of indicator P, regardless of age. The NSW rule of 130 kW per tonne applies to almost all vehicles and therefore gives P-Platers the option to drive forced induction vehicles or vehicles with eight or more cylinders, provided they comply with the power-to-weight ratio restriction. Before August 2014, almost all of these cars were banned from P license plates. The above states also offer exemptions for P-Platers who drive prohibited vehicles according to work requirements or if they have no choice but to drive such a car. In most cases, an application must be made to the appropriate state road authority to obtain a permit in such circumstances. The landscape has changed for P-Plater, with some states limiting which cars can be driven on a power-by-weight calculation.
If it is a question of combating the over-representation of young drivers in road accidents, the rules themselves are far from simple. Restrictions on veneers vary from state to state, although New South Wales and Queensland impose similar rules on Victoria`s Road Traffic Authority. The exceptions are the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, which do not impose any restrictions on the type of car that can be driven by a P-Plater. The same rules apply to Victoria, except that there is no general exemption for diesel vehicles and Victoria also puts certain high-performance naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines on the prohibited list. Some compressors or turbocycles can be driven by a P-Plater. Here you will find the database of prohibited vehicles in Victoria and more general information on restrictions on P-Plate vehicles can be found here. Cars that do not meet the criteria, but can legally be driven by P-Platers who follow the 1. In addition, Victoria allows P-Platers to drive (without applying for an exemption) certain Ford Ecoboost, Holden Turbo and Nissan turbo vehicles, provided they have a power-to-mass ratio identifier on the date of manufacture plate (vehicles manufactured before January 1, 2010) showing that they weigh less than 130 kW per ton of power. Vic Roads was inspired by the NSW Road Traffic Authority`s (RTA) new regime, which prohibits P-Platers from driving any type of vehicle with eight or more cylinders, as well as forced induction motor vehicles, with the exception of a handful of cars that benefit from an exemption. Some turbocharged cars may appear on the list of legal P-Plater cars that may surprise you because they meet a performance requirement.
Vehicles that circulate after 1. Produced in January 2010, Queensland is classified as powerful if it has a power-to-weight ratio of more than 130 kW per tonne.