Tough new curfew for SA P-platers

Passenger and night restrictions will be imposed on young drivers under changes to provisional licence rules in South Australia.

The changes have passed State Parliament and will take effect next year.

Young P1 licence holders will be banned from driving between midnight and 5:00am unless granted an exemption.

P1 drivers under 25 will be allowed to transport only one passenger aged between 16 and 20.

The minimum provisional licence period will be increased from two years to three.

Motoring organisation the RAA says changes will need to be made clear before they are enforced.

Road safety manager Charles Mountain says those some young licence holders will need exemptions to let them work or attend sporting commitments.

“For most people it won’t be too difficult. It’s likely to save potentially crashes and possibly fatalities during this period when people are inexperienced so I think overall it’s potentially a good outcome,” he said.

“I think it’s also important that this will only apply to P1 drivers. Once they move on to their P2s these restrictions on the curfew and the number of peer passengers are lifted.”

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