NSW changes to speed limits for learner drivers

Written by Ben Ward

National Driving Academy conducted an online poll which revealed that only 25% of respondents correctly identified the speed limit for ACT learner drivers in NSW which changed on 1 July 2013.  From 1 July 2013 the maximum speed limit for leaner drivers in NSW was increased from 80 km to 90 km as part of the a range of reforms. The speed limit applies to interstate learners driving in NSW regardless of the home State/Territory rules. ACT learner drivers are required to not exceed posted speed limits within the ACT, which include 100 km. However when driving in NSW, ACT learner drivers must abide by the NSW laws and restrict driving to a maximum speed of 90 km.   
The RTA in NSW has provided the following advice: 
When driving in New South Wales, interstate learner drivers must comply with the ollowing licence conditions: 
  •  Be supervised at all times by the holder of a full Australian driver licence. 
  •  Have L plates displayed conspicuously at the front and rear exterior of the car (or an L sign on the roof) when driving. 
  • The letter ‘L’ on the plate must not be hidden. 
  •  Observe a maximum speed limit of 90 km/h. 
  •  Not tow any other vehicle. 
  •  Not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration (this means you cannot drink before driving). 
  •  It is also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs. 
  •  Not supervise another learner driver. 
  •  Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat belts or child restraints. 
  •  Only drive vehicles that have a seat belt fitted to the driver’s position and you must wear the seat belt. 
  •  Not use any functions of a mobile phone including hands-free devices.   

Important Note: ACT Learner drivers are no longer restricted when driving outside the ACT and must abide by the posted speed limits. Please read the blog.

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