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This publication covers driving and road rules related issues in a general way. It is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as professional legal advice. Learn2Drive Driving School recommends that professional legal advice be obtained before taking any action on the basis of the general information presented in this publication. 

It may have taken a long time to get there, but getting a Learners Licence certainly opens the door to new opportunities and experiences.  After gaining plenty of driving experience with family and Learn2Drive Driving School, the next big step in the process is undertaking the practical driving test.  Just the thought of going for a P licence ramps up the nerves in many people, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Today we’re going to explore what’s involved in the practical driving test for a P licence, so you can focus on your training and not worry about the testing.  

The main objective of any driving school is to get the learner ‘P Plate ready’, and that means having all the skills to demonstrate your driving competence to the examiner.  So, the big test day finally comes, and you arrive at the Qld Transport Licence Issuing Centre with Tracey or Bev and wait to be called.  Let’s scope out what happens next.


There are 2 types of P licence, P1 and P2.  The P1 licence is what you get assuming you pass the practical driving test. 


If you are under 25 years of age, you need to pass your practical test to secure a P1 licence. 

You must be at least 17 years of age and have met all the log book requirements before you can be tested.


You must book and pay for your test in advance by calling Qld Transport or going to the on-line booking site:  https://www.service.transport.qld.gov.au/SBSExternal/public/Welcome.xhtml?dswid=-6300


On the test day you need to bring your proof of identity and a range of other documents.  If you don’t bring all your documents, you won’t be allowed to undertake the test.  These documents are outlined at https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/licensing/getting/tests#practical


Make sure you arrive early, as you won’t get a refund on the test fee if your test is cancelled because you are late, or haven’t met the logbook requirements, or don’t have a safe and suitable vehicle for the test. 


For a car (C/CA class) test you can expect a practical test with up to 35 minutes on-road time.  Other licence classes require different on-road test times. 


The driving examiner will give you instructions before the test. Listen carefully and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. It’s important to note that after the test has started, the examiner can’t answer questions that may influence your driving performance.


The examiner will give you tasks to perform during the test. You must complete these tasks while following the road rules.  You won’t be asked to do anything illegal or unsafe.


HOT TIP:  Make sure you turn off your mobile phone before the test begins!


Assuming you follow all the road rules and complete the tasks correctly you will pass the test!


The process of going from an L to a P can feel a bit overwhelming.  Having an instructor and driving school that makes you feel comfortable and confident will help deliver positive outcomes.


Learn 2 Drive Driving School operates in the Toowoomba region. View details at http://www.learn2drivedrivingschool.com.au/ and LIKE us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/learn2drivedrivingschool/?fref=ts

05 December 2017

What's involved in the Qld Practical Driving Test?

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