Are you aware of the changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme for learner, P1 and P2 drivers that come into effect from December 1, 2016 and 2017? In fact, there are two (2) specific changes that each commence at different times. One commencing on December 1, 2016 and the other commencing from November, 2017.
Changes for L and P plate drivers – 2016
From December 1, 2016, P2 licence holders will have the same mobile phone restrictions as Learner and P1 licence holders. This means that P2 licence holders will no longer be allowed to use a mobile phone whatsoever whilst driving or riding. Up until midnight November 30, 2016, P2 licence holders will be permitted to use a mobile phone for calls and audio only. This is however, providing the mobile phone is securely mounted, or an automated audio device is being utilised.
ANY driver know matter their level of experience, must understand that safely operating a motor vehicle is paramount and is always the primary task at hand, not using a mobile phone or other device. The primary purpose of restricting mobile phone usage for P2 licence holders is to simply remove another driving distraction that in turn, may help save the lives of young people on our roads.