Prohibited vehicle and passenger conditions apply to provisional licence holders to keep novice drivers safe on our roads. The prohibited vehicle and passenger conditions are described on this page.
From 1 August 2014, a high performance vehicle is defined as a vehicle which:
- Has a power to tare mass ratio (PMR) of greater than 130 kilowatts per tonne or
- Has had an engine modification, or
- Is listed in the Roads and Maritime Services document Novice Driver - High Performance Vehicle Restrictions as a high performance vehicle.
You must not drive a banned vehicle unless you have been issued with an exemption.
For guidance about what vehicles you can and cannot drive, you can enter a vehicle's details into the P1/P2 vehicle search.
See Prohibited vehicles – definitions for detailed information and definitions of terms related to prohibited vehicles.
P1 peer passenger condition
From 1 July 2007, all provisional P1 drivers under the age of 25 must not drive a vehicle with more than one passenger (other than the driver) under 21 years old between 11pm and 5am. This restriction is referred to as the peer passenger condition.
Drivers of emergency vehicles are exempt from the peer passenger condition while driving the vehicle in the performance of their duties. Emergency vehicles are vehicles driven by police officers, members of the ambulance service, metropolitan or rural fire services or any other person approved by Roads and Maritime Services).
P1 and P2 one passenger condition
A one passenger condition also applies to any provisional (P1 and P2) driver who is disqualified for a driving offence that is committed on or after 11 July 2005. After the disqualification period the provisional licence holder will be restricted from carrying more than one passenger at all times while driving. This condition will apply for 12 months.
See the Frequently asked questions.
Exemptions from the conditions
Application for an exemption can be made at any motor registry upon payment of a fee (see Licensing fees).
You must have an exemption in writing issued by Roads and Maritime Services to be exempt from the conditions.
If an exemption is granted, the exemption will be limited to specific circumstances such as employment and maybe limited to certain vehicles.
Prohibited vehicle exemption
An exemption from the prohibited vehicle condition may be granted if:
- A prohibited vehicle needs to be driven for genuine employment purposes
- 4WD vehicles with power to tare mass ratio (PMR) greater than 130 kilowatts per tonne are required by country drivers who have no practical alternative
Note: For enforcement purposes provisional drivers must carry an exemption letter from Roads and Maritime Services to drive these vehicles.
One passenger exemption
An exemption from the one passenger condition will be only granted in exceptional circumstances. You must provide reasons why you have an exceptional circumstance to have your exemption request considered.
Peer passenger exemption
An exemption from the peer passenger condition may be granted if:
- You are required as part of your employment responsibilities to transport passengers between 11pm and 5am and more than one of these passengers is, or likely to be, under 21 years of age.
- You can demonstrate a need to drive certain immediate family members between 11pm and 5am and there are no alternative options.
- You volunteer in community service work (eg Lifeline counselling) that requires the transport of passengers between 11pm and 5am and more than one of these passengers is, or likely to be, under 21 years of age.
Further information on how to apply for a prohibited vehicle or passenger condition exemption is available on the Application for Exemption: Peer Passenger, One Passenger or Prohibited Vehicle Condition (PDF, 317Kb).
You must notify Roads and Maritime Services within 14 days if you have changed any circumstances which affect your exemption, including if you no longer require the exemption or if the exemption letter needs replacing. A further fee may apply.