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Learning to drive

Getting your class c (car) learner licence

How old must I be?
You must be at least 16 years old to get a learner licence.
You must also be a resident of the Northern Territory and have no serious disabilities (although, for most people with a disability, a licence with conditions of use may be available).

What do I need to do?
Once you have established your identity, age and residency and have parental consent, you will need to pass a theory test. This is based on information contained within the Northern Territory Road Users’ Handbook, which can be obtained for a fee of $6 from MVR offices or your local Police station (remote areas only). It is also available to download, free, from: www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/publications. Fees apply for each theory test attempt.

The Road Rules theory test takes the form of a multi-choice questionnaire.

If you experience difficulty with written questions the test may also be taken verbally including with an interpreter. Contact MVR to arrange an appointment for a verbal test.

www.transport.nt.gov.au/about-us/contact-us

MVR will test your eyesight, take your photograph and if you have been successful in your theory test be issued your Learner’s Licence. This entitles you to drive under learner conditions, so you can develop your skills to the point where you are able to pass your practical driving test.

Requirements for Learner class “R” – (Rider Learner)
All requirements are the same as for class ‘C’ (car). Depending on your area of residence, applicants may also have to pass an entry level balance and stability test (the Alternate Motorcycle Operator Skills Test – MOST). Further information about obtaining a learners licence for Class ‘C’ (car) and Class ‘R’ (rider) can be located at the following to:
www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/licensing/faqs/learners-permit

Learner licence conditions

  • Must clearly display approved ‘L’ plates to the front and rear of the car or to the rear only for motorcycles
  • Must be accompanied, in the front seat nearest to you, by a fully licensed (not Provisional) person at all times whilst driving (Class “C” only)
  • Must not exceed 0.00% BAC
  • Must not exceed 80kp/h
  • Not permitted to use a mobile phone, in any form, while in control of a motor vehicle
  • Must carry your Learner Licence at all times whilst driving
  • Must not carry any pillion passengers (Class “R” only)
  • Must not exceed 260ml engine capacity (Class “R” only)
  • Under the NT Demerits Points Scheme (DPS) Learner, Provisional and overseas licence holders are subject to a points action trigger of 5 demerits points in one year’.

Refer to Information Bulletin L28- NT DPS and How it Affects You.
http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/licensing/infobulletins

What is the first step I need to take if I want to get my licence?
Get a copy of the Northern Territory Road Users’ Handbook, study up on the road rules then attend MVR to arrange your Road Rules Theory Test.

You have your learner's - What's next?

Learning to drive, of course! Before you embark on this huge undertaking, you will need to decide who’s going to teach you and maybe who’s going to get into the car with you to practice between lessons.

Driving instructors are the most effective way to become familiar with the “System of Vehicle Control”. This means you will be taught the current driving techniques and the person in the passenger seat will be experienced and skilled in teaching new drivers – like you. To keep costs down, it’s a good plan to book driving lessons with an instructor and perhaps practice with a friend or relative between lessons. That way, you will only be paying to learn new skills, not for the practice you will need to do between lessons to perfect them.

For some people, learning entirely with relatives and friends may be a viable alternative to learning with a driving instructor. The Learner Drivers’ Guide in the back of the NT Road Users’ Handbook sets out all aspects of the System of Vehicle Control, and will assist your licensed driver to help you to get it right.

DriveSafe NT
DriveSafe NT is a driver education, training and licensing program for Territory drivers aged 16 to 25 years. The program is available in the urban centres of Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. DriveSafe NT provides you with the opportunity to gain essential knowledge of road rules, safe driving practices and attitudes, and to access professional driver training to make you safer on our roads.

For more information about the DriveSafe NT program go to: www.nt.gov.au/drivesafent
Freecall 1800 121 411 (call charges may apply from mobile phones)

Going for your driving test

Once you have held your Learner Licence for six consecutive months you may make a booking at an MVR office for your driving test. You don’t have to do the driving test at the same office where you sat your theory test, as long as your driving test is conducted in the community in which you live. You will have to pay the test fee at the time you book and, if you don’t want to go to an MVR office to book, it can be done over the phone if you intend to pay by credit card.

Today’s the big day
Plan to arrive for your test about ten minutes early. This means that you can meet your Licence Testing Officer (LTO) who will do any necessary paperwork in plenty of time to begin your test without rushing.

Checklist: before you leave home

  • You must take your test fee receipt and current Learner’s Licence. If you don’t have your Learner’s, you can’t legally drive so the LTO won’t be able to test you.
  • Don’t forget the car. Testing centres do not provide test vehicles.
  • Is the car registered, in good working condition and clean and tidy inside? Have you got plenty of fuel? It could be a long, hot, embarrassing walk back to MVR if you run out of fuel!
  • Is the car roadworthy? The LTO will perform a basic vehicle safety check before your test begins, including the headlights, brake lights, indicators, tyres, windscreen and windscreen wipers.
  • Is the speedo working properly? Check it the day before the test. If it doesn’t work you won’t know how fast you’re travelling and the LTO will stop the test, as the car is unroadworthy.
  • Are your “L” plates secured on the car without blocking your view through the windows, and visible to the front and rear? (Don’t forget to bring “P” plates – you may need them after
    the test).
  • Are there any training aids present. You will need to remove any training aids that have been used to help you learn to drive. You will be expected to show the LTO that you can drive without any help.
  • Have you got money? If all goes well, you will need enough to pay for your provisional licence!

On the road during the test
The main thing the LTO will be looking for during the test is correct application of the System of Vehicle Control: how well you demonstrate a systematic approach to driving safely, legally and efficiently in a variety of road and traffic conditions.

To judge this, the LTO will watch for good observation skills, correct signalling procedure, smooth braking and gear changing, whether you leave sufficient gaps and so on. Full instructions are included in the Learner Driver’s Guide in the back of the Northern Territory Road Users’ Handbook.

Provisional licence

Although you won’t be given a percentage mark at the end of your test, the marking system used to score your drive ensures that every test is judged in the same way. To pass the driving test you must score at least 80 per cent, and satisfactorily achieve at least three out of four compulsory manoeuvres. Your instructor (whether a professional or a relative or friend) will coach you in what’s required (don’t forget to follow the directions in the Learner Driver’s Guide).

Passing the test
If you have passed the test, upon payment of the prescribed fees your Provisional Licence will be issued:

  • for two years if you are less than 25 years of age at time of issue; or
  • for one year if you are 25 years of age, or older, at time of issue

Don’t forget that there are some conditions that go with your provisional licence to help you get more driving experience as safely as possible:

  • You must display “P” plates clearly visible from the front and the rear of your car, or rear only for motorcycles. This identifies you as a novice driver/rider to others so that they can give you appropriate courtesy.
  • Under the NT Demerits Points Scheme (DPS) Learner, Provisional and overseas licence holders are subject to a points action trigger of 5 demerits points in one year’.

For further information about Demerits points go to Information Bulletin L28- NT DPS and How it Affects you.
http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/licensing/infobulletins

  • Your top speed limit is 100km/h, but remember you must not exceed other speed limits posted. Your top speed is limited to give you time to get to fully understand the dynamics of your car on the road before you begin to travel at higher open-road speeds.
  • You must have a 0 per cent blood alcohol concentration, no matter how old you are. As with the top speed limit, this is done so that you can get experience behind the wheel and to develop better hazard perception skills before you drive with even a small amount of alcohol in your system.
  • You are not permitted to use a mobile phone, in any form, while in control of a motor vehicle

What does it mean if you have an “A” condition on your Licence?
It simply means that your test was conducted in a vehicle with an automatic transmission, so for the first 12 months you may only drive a car with an automatic transmission. If you want to drive a manual car in the first 12 months after gaining your licence you will need to be re-tested in a car with manual gears.

What if you don’t pass the test this time around?
Your LTO will be happy to explain what went wrong in detail if you ask. Many candidates find this very useful. You can book another driving test by paying another test fee. The test can be conducted at the same MVR office, or another of your choice provided it is within the community where you live.

Motorcyclists education training & licencing

The Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing (METAL) program is funded by the TIO through its Motor Accident Compensation Scheme. The Department of Transport provides administrative support. For people wishing to obtain motorcycle license in the NT, there are training courses available in Darwin, Alice Springs and on a limited basis, in Katherine.

Bookings
To book onto one of the available courses or to find out more about the METAL program, please call the bookings number in Darwin on 1300 654 628, Alice Springs on 8951 5295 or Katherine on 8973 8725 or drop in to your nearest Motor Vehicle Registry office.

Motorcycle Course Information

Basic Riding Course

  • designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills for the issue of a motorcycle learner’s licence, ie R(L)(r) learner’s licence.
  • candidates must be at least sixteen years old before a class R(L)(r) learner’s licence may be issued.

Transitional Course

  • designed to provide the student with the opportunity to obtain supervised on road riding experience during the six-month Learner Licence period.
  • candidates must have completed the METAL Basic course and hold a current R(L)(r) Learner Licence.

Intermediate Riding Course

  • follows on from the Basic Course and is designed to enhance motorcycle control and road-craft skills.
  • the successful student is eligible for upgrade to a motorcycle licence class R(r).
  • a prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of the Basic course and participants must have held their R(L)(r) licence for a continuous period of six months. Bookings can only be made after the six-month Learner period has lapsed.

Advanced Skills Course

  • the Advanced Skills course is designed to offer structured training for motorcyclists who hold a current full motorcycle licence, either R or R(r).
  • the course targets riders who wish to enhance their motorcycle control skills, road-craft techniques and motorcycle knowledge.
  • students are encouraged to provide their own registered and roadworthy motorcycle, however, motorcycles can be made available if required.

For the Basic, Transitional and Intermediate Courses:

 

  • motorcycles and helmets are provided, however students may use their own motorcycles, subject to certain conditions.
  • additional courses (usually midweek) may be scheduled, depending on demand and instructor availability.

 

Note: please check with your nearest Motor Vehicle Registry to establish course availability and times.

Refer to Information Bulletin L41 – Motorcyclist Education Training and Licensing METAL Program Information.
http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/mvr/licensing/infobulletins

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