Ask LH: Do The Rules For My Licence Change In Each State?

Hi Lifehacker, I have my P1 drivers licence in NSW. A friend recently told me that when driving in Queensland I can follow their road rules and do 110km in that zone instead of sticking to 90km. Is this true? Thanks, Stickler For The Rules

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Dear Stickler,

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your friend is mistaken. Motorists are required to abide by the restrictions of their licence type regardless of the state they are driving in.

If your provisional licence forbids you from exceeding 90km/hr, you’re supposed to stick to that rule in all parts of Australia. (Likewise, the 90km/hr restriction does not technically apply to Queensland p-platers when they are driving in NSW. Lucky sods.)

Here are the rules as outlined by the Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads:

You are allowed to drive in Queensland on your interstate issued driver licence if you:

  • only drive the class of motor vehicle authorised on that licence
  • comply with the conditions (if any) of your licence
  • carry your licence with you at all times when driving and immediately show it to a police officer when asked to do so.

That said, if you decide to ignore your P1 restrictions and “do as the Queenslanders do”, we doubt you’d attract much notice. Police usually have better things to do than enforce speeding rules that don’t even apply to their jurisdiction.

Just be aware that if you happen to get into an accident while violating the rules of your P1 licence it will almost certainly be used against you in court. (Although if you crash while driving 110km/hr it will probably be a moot point, as you’ll be dead.)


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