Learner driver supervisor

Written by Canrone Cochin

You must always drive with a supervisor sitting in the seat next
to you.
Your learner licence can be immediately suspended if you drive
without a supervisor.
Supervisor requirements
A supervisor must have a full (unrestricted) Australian driver's
licence. This means a driver with a learner, provisional P1 or P2,
or overseas licence must not supervise a learner driver.
See Licence restrictions on page 19.
Both the supervisor and the learner driver can be fined if the
the supervisor does not have a full Australian driver's licence.
Alcohol and drugs
When supervising a learning driver, a supervisor must:
• have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) under 0.05
• not have illegal drugs present in their system or be under
the influence of any drug.
Police can breath-test a supervisor involved in a crash.
If a supervisor is admitted to the hospital after a crash,
medical practitioners can also take blood and urine tests.
See Alcohol limits on page 39.
Police can also test a supervisor who shows signs of being
under the influence of drugs, including prescription drugs.
See Drugs and medicines on page 43.
The same severe penalties for alcohol and drugs that apply
to drivers also apply to supervisors.

Safety first
When you’re learning to drive, your supervisor is both a role model
and a mentor. They should support and help you become a safe
and skilled driver.
When you start learning, you should practice simple skills, such as
steering, accelerating and braking. It’s best to learn these on quiet
roads during the day. Once you’ve mastered those, you can move
on to more difficult tasks on busier roads and in more challenging
conditions. When you start practising at night, drive on roads you
know well.
See Supervising a learner driver at roads-maritime.transport.nsw.

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