Originally posted by The Daily Telegraph
THE motorists of NSW have scored a stunning people's victory, with tough new P-plate laws to stop the carnage caused by young drivers.
Probationary drivers will be banned from driving high-powered cars and face restrictions on carrying passengers if they break the law. It follows a 10-month campaign – led by The Daily Telegraph – in which the families of youngsters killed and maimed on our roads pleaded for change.
No P1 or P2 driver will be able to drive high-powered vehicles – unless for work or exceptional circumstances.
P-plate drivers who have their licence suspended will not be allowed to carry more than one passenger for a period of 12 months.
Parents of some of the 24 young people who died in P-plate crashes since the campaign began said last night the laws were a victory for the people.
The regulations answer two of three things The Daily Telegraph readers asked for after 20-year-old Tim Hopkinson died in September 2004.
Roads Minister Michael Costa will today announce that from July 11:
P1 and P2 licence holders will be banned from driving turbo-charged, super-charged vehicles (diesel vehicles excepted), eight-cylinder vehicles and those with engine performance modifications. Exemptions will apply where powerful vehicles are required for genuine employment purposes, and where eight-cylinder 4WD vehicles are required by rural drivers;
A LIMIT of one passenger for 12 months will apply for P1 and P2 drivers who lose their licence because of a serious driving offence. The passenger restriction will apply when the licence is reissued;
NEW P-plate positioning, which also shows a driver's allowable speed limit and any restrictions, on licences;
CHANGES will not apply to current P-plate licence holders unless they are disqualified for an offence after July 11; and
A VEHICLE guide will be posted on the RTA website outlining the new rules.
The Daily Telegraph understands that other measures are expected to go before Cabinet for approval later in the year.
These will include higher standards for driver training – the third component of The Daily Telegraph campaign.
The laws would be reviewed by the Roads and Traffic Authority within 12 months.
"A 17-year-old driver with a P1 licence is about four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a driver aged 26 or older," Mr Costa said.
"Each one of those fatalities represents a tragedy not only for the victims, but for their families and communities."
The new laws come from the NSW Government's Young Driver Discussion Paper, released last November, and a Road Users Summit in March.
The Daily Telegraph's delegate to that summit Rebecca Stanford – herself a P-plate accident victim – welcomed the reforms.
Originally posted by Scandrew@Jun 9 2005, 04:07 PM
350z's or M3s won't be banned from P-platers but a 2L turbo 200sx will :doh: