New Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019

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We are seeking feedback on the proposed Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that all drivers are safe on Victorian roads. The Regulations are aimed at ensuring people who drive motor vehicles on Victorian roads are competent drivers.

We will consider all of your feedback before making a final recommendation to the Minister for Roads and Minister for Roads Safety and the TAC, the Hon. Jaala Pulford.

A draft version of the proposed Regulations has been prepared and is available on our website.

You can also find out more by reading the summary consultation paper which provides an overview of the proposed changes to be made under the draft regulations.

Proposed Changes to the Drivers Regulations

The regulations are staying substantially the same as the existing Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009, as they align with licensing practices in Australia and internationally.

The principle change proposed under the draft regulations relates to residents of Victoria who hold licenses issued outside Victoria.

The current system requires interstate and New Zealanders to obtain a licence within three months, Permanent Resident visa holders with international licences have six months and those on temporary visas do not need to change their licence over at all.

This requirement is confusing and does not consider the changes that have occurred with a more mobile Australian and world population.

Under the proposed changes, all residents who hold an interstate or international licence will need to obtain a local licence within six months of arrival in Victoria. After six months, the right to drive on an interstate or international licence is revoked. If a driver continues to drive after six months, they would be committing an unlicensed driving offence.

The draft regulations recommend minor changes to the graduated licensing system for drivers and the graduated licensing system for motorcyclists.

The draft regulations also recommend the introduction of demerit points for two existing offences for learner drivers and the introduction of demerit points for one motorcycle driving offence.

We are seeking feedback on the proposed Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019.

The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that all drivers are safe on Victorian roads. The Regulations are aimed at ensuring people who drive motor vehicles on Victorian roads are competent drivers.

We will consider all of your feedback before making a final recommendation to the Minister for Roads and Minister for Roads Safety and the TAC, the Hon. Jaala Pulford.

A draft version of the proposed Regulations has been prepared and is available on our website.

You can also find out more by reading the summary consultation paper which provides an overview of the proposed changes to be made under the draft regulations.

Proposed Changes to the Drivers Regulations

The regulations are staying substantially the same as the existing Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009, as they align with licensing practices in Australia and internationally.

The principle change proposed under the draft regulations relates to residents of Victoria who hold licenses issued outside Victoria.

The current system requires interstate and New Zealanders to obtain a licence within three months, Permanent Resident visa holders with international licences have six months and those on temporary visas do not need to change their licence over at all.

This requirement is confusing and does not consider the changes that have occurred with a more mobile Australian and world population.

Under the proposed changes, all residents who hold an interstate or international licence will need to obtain a local licence within six months of arrival in Victoria. After six months, the right to drive on an interstate or international licence is revoked. If a driver continues to drive after six months, they would be committing an unlicensed driving offence.

The draft regulations recommend minor changes to the graduated licensing system for drivers and the graduated licensing system for motorcyclists.

The draft regulations also recommend the introduction of demerit points for two existing offences for learner drivers and the introduction of demerit points for one motorcycle driving offence.

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