22 August 2005

L platers are more dangerous in NSW

| phasmal
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Apparently as soon as ACT L plate drivers cross the line into NSW, they become more dangerous. Earlier this month Urban Services sent a letter out to ACT L and P platers advising them that “… a review of the NSW legislation …” had taken place, and “ACT learner drivers, when driving in NSW, are subject to the same restrictions as NSW learners” (emphasis in original). In particular, this means they get to go a max of 80 km/h the second they cross the border.

Apparently P platers “… are not subject …” and get to go full speed.

Of course, this has a logical rationale related to safety….

Hints anyone?

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I foolkishly switch from NSW green ps to the ACT ps last month and can only go 90km/h instead of the 100 I could before.
How does this work? The ACT P plates have no restrictions on them, so you can go at the speed limit.

I suspect the NSW restrictions ahve only been applied to L platers because it would be too difficult to try and make the ACT p plate system equivalent to the NSW one.


redneck_ninja3:56 pm 22 Aug 05

With green P’s, who can go 100km/h, do they have to go slow on the Hume, where it’s 110?

I foolkishly switch from NSW green ps to the ACT ps last month and can only go 90km/h instead of the 100 I could before. *pouts*

Well, according to the letter, previous information had it that the restriction didn’t apply. I’ve heard that people have had issues with police in NSW not honouring that, but they have been able to avoid fines by getting the ACT urban services involved.

So ACT learners in NSW having to stick to 80 seems to be a totally new thing.

I dunno, this sounds both expensive and dangerous.

Most of the NSW roads in these parts aren’t the best for overtaking and forcing inexperienced drivers to form a traffic obstacle strikes me as more dangerous than getting them to drive at 100 along those roads.

hence, to date, we’ve always ignored that NSW licence condition.

I’d love to know what changed.

The ACT is always trying to make their laws consistent with NSW (which makes sense). But having a disparity between Ls and Ps is silly.

I’m an advocate of also introducing A plates for Asian drivers.

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