Licence relief for learner drivers

Ian Bushnell 17 April 2020 14
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ACT learner licence holders will receive an automatic 12-month extension as part of measures to provide relief for Canberrans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said the automatic extensions, introduced through the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Amendment Regulation 2020, would provide relief for licence holders during the current health emergency.

“Thousands of Canberra families are facing significant social, financial and emotional pressure as a result of the current health emergency, and the ACT Government is taking steps to ease that pressure where we can through simple but effective legal amendments,” Mr Rattenbury said.

The expiration date for all ACT learner licences – for cars and motorcycles – will be automatically extended by 12 months if they were otherwise due to expire between 23 March 2020 and 1 January 2021.

Mr Rattenbury said learner drivers in the ACT were still permitted to take driving lessons and use the services of ACT-accredited driving instructors who are operating, as learning to drive is classed as an education activity and cannot be done from home.

“However, any unnecessary travel is strongly discouraged, so learner drivers and their supervising licensed drivers should consider current health advice and social distancing measures while in the car,” he said.

Consistent with NSW, overseas licence holders who are permanent residents will now have six months to transfer their licence to an ACT licence. This extension also applies to holders of interstate licences, external territory licences and New Zealand licences.

The licence reforms follow the ACT Government’s recent introduction in the Legislative Assembly of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Bill 2020 to support the ACT’s operational response to the current health emergency.


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14 Responses to Licence relief for learner drivers
Trish Lingard-Wyss Trish Lingard-Wyss 8:54 am 18 Apr 20

I am assuming we still have to go in and pay for another licence. And be reissued with the new date

    Alison Kemp Alison Kemp 11:47 pm 18 Apr 20

    Trish Lingard-Wyss no you won't need to - see https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/help-and-advice/transport#Learner-drivers

Brie Pilicic Brie Pilicic 8:46 pm 17 Apr 20

Aaron Bartlett ya got more time now

Robert Davis Robert Davis 8:05 pm 17 Apr 20

Can a learner motorcyclist go practice riding? Or practice the P course?

Anne-Ian Culloden Anne-Ian Culloden 5:42 pm 17 Apr 20

Lee this might help Michael xXx

    Lee Campbell-Culloden Lee Campbell-Culloden 11:12 am 18 Apr 20

    Anne-Ian thanks mum

    I must take him down to get his Ls this week

Nicholas Baldwin Nicholas Baldwin 5:18 pm 17 Apr 20

Joshua Kapotas extra year for the bike

Alessia Zedde Alessia Zedde 3:05 pm 17 Apr 20

Alessia Raco lucky for you 😏

Jen Roberts Jen Roberts 12:38 pm 17 Apr 20

Erin, some good news!!

Nichole Gibb Nichole Gibb 11:34 am 17 Apr 20

Thanks Shaz x

Holly Ainslie Holly Ainslie 10:08 am 17 Apr 20

Excellent.

    Taryn Powick Taryn Powick 10:10 am 17 Apr 20

    Holly Ainslie although when do yours expire? It says the extension applies to those expiring from 23 March 2020 to 1 Jan 2021... so I’ll be ‘right but it might not help you out 😔

    Holly Ainslie Holly Ainslie 10:12 am 17 Apr 20

    Taryn Powick ah I am about mid January. But depending how long this goes on they may broaden it

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