Learning to drive the next higher class
If you hold a Queensland provisional or open licence, you are authorised under that licence to learn to drive a vehicle in the next higher class of licence. There is additional information in the learning to ride motorbikes
section of this website.
If your provisional or open licence only authorises you to drive a class of motor vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission, you are also authorised to learn to drive or ride the same class of motor vehicle fitted with a manual transmission.Conditions that apply when learning to drive under your provisional or open licence
When learning to drive or ride, you must:
- be accompanied by a person who holds and has held an open licence for the class of vehicle you are learning in, for at least one year
- clearly display L-plates at the front and rear of the vehicle (rear only for motorbikes)
- carry your licence with you and show it to a police officer when asked to do so
- obey any conditions stated on your licence
- not drive under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs
- comply with the no alcohol limit (0.00). Drink driving offences carry monetary fines and disqualification periods.
Note: From 1 March 2012 demerit points increased from 1 to 4 for learner drivers who drive while unaccompanied. The monetary fine for this offence remains unchanged at $176 with a maximum court imposed penalty of $2200.
This applies to anyone of any age learning to drive any vehicle (for example a car, truck or motorbike) on a road.