The graduated licensing system (GLS) was introduced to help improve the road safety of younger drivers, who are over-represented in car crashes. The latest statistics show that 18% of drivers who lost their lives were aged between 18 and 25. This is a frightening statistic to consider, when this age group only represents around 10% of Victorian licence holders.
Factors contributing to this staggering road statistic include:
- poor decision-making
- willingness to take risks whilst driving
- the influence of peer passengers
- alcohol and drug use.
The graduated licensing system involves:
- learners logging 120 hours of supervised driving experience
- completing a driving test
- two-stage probationary licence
- if you’re under 21 when you get your probationary licence, you’ll become a P1 licence holder (red P plates)
- if you’re over 21 when you get your probationary licence, you’ll become a P2 licence holder (green P plates)
- P1 & P2 driving restrictions (such as passenger restrictions and a ban on mobile phone use)
- and more.
Find out more about young and new drivers at VicRoads.