Confusing rules most P plate drivers are breaking
Playing music through your phone is off limits for probationary drivers.
There’s nothing quite like that first Maccas run when you get your driver’s licence. The thrill of swapping over the ‘L’ for a bright red ‘P’, the quick burst of that bubble when you realise your petrol tank is empty and this time you’re the one who has to fill it.
However, when you transition from a learner to a probationary driver, you go from being the safest person on the road to the most at risk. Drivers aged 18 to 25 years old are overrepresented in road deaths, making up 19 per cent of fatalities despite only accounting for roughly 10 per cent of Victorian licence holders.
It’s well understood that phone use, including making phone calls, messaging and scrolling on social media is strictly banned, but the increased accessibility of cars and devices with Bluetooth and USB capability means that what is considered ‘using’ your phone can become confusing.
We’ve broken down the specific restrictions placed on probationary drivers (P1 and P2) in Victoria regarding the use of GPS and music, to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads.