Whether you happen to be aged 16 or 76, your driver’s licence is an important – some might say vital – piece of regulatory status/commodity in the modern world. When you are learning to drive – as opposed to simply moving a motor vehicle around on the road – under Queensland law you must:
- only drive with a supervisor who holds a valid open licence for the class of vehicle you are driving and has held the licence for at least 1 year
- always display your L plates
- carry your learner licence with you
- record 100 hours of supervised driving in your learner logbook, including 10 hours of night driving
- know the rules for driving.
Failure to have your learner licence with you when you drive with your supervisor, or when asked to produce that licence by a police officer will attract a hefty fine and three demerit points. In addition, if your supervisor happens to be a qualified professional driver trainer, and you do not have your driver’s licence available for perusal by that trainer when he/she arrives to collect you for your lesson, that lesson will be cancelled and a fee will be charged.
Driving, and learning to drive, is a privilege, not a right. The rules surrounding that privilege are strict and necessary to protect everyone in our society. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are able, at all times, to comply with those rules.