Practical driving experience - NSW Learner Driver Log Book Hours

According to the RMS, Research indicates that learner drivers who increase their supervised on-road experience can reduce their crash risk by 30 per cent, in the first two years of solo driving. Learner drivers under supervision have a very low involvement in crashes. It is only when they begin to drive solo that their involvement in crashes increases.

Your learner driver log book allows you and your supervising driver(s) to record your driving experience. Take care of your log book. If you need a replacement log book, you will need to attend an RMS registry or service centre and pay a replacement fee.

You must log at least 120 hours of supervised driving, including a minimum of 20 hours of night driving, before you can attempt the driving test. Night driving hours are between sunset and sunrise.

There are exemptions as to whom needs to maintain a NSW Log Book. You do not have to complete a Learner Driver Log Book if you:
  • Are over 25 years old
  • Previously held a NSW or interstate driver licence, other than a learner licence
  • Previously held an overseas licence, other than a learner licence
  • Hold an overseas licence, other than a learner licence, and are issued with a learner licence after failing one driving test
  • Are specifically exempted by Roads and Maritime Services.

Driving lessons with a National Driving Academy instructor – 3 for 1

For every one hour structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed National Driving Academy Driving Instructor, you can record three hours driving experience in your Log Book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours driving experience.

Driving lessons at night (between sunset and sunrise) count for only one hour of night driving. The other two hours are added to your day driving hours.

When booking your NSW driving lesson in Queanbeyan and other surrounding areas of Canberra we are able to provide a suitable licensed instructor to provide your 3 for 1 hour log book hours. This includes if you commence, undertake or complete your driving lesson from Canberra location such as your school or college.

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