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What restrictions apply to new drivers holding a provisional driving licence?

A They can't drive unaccompanied.

You won't be able to drive unaccompanied until you've passed your practical driving test. When you’ve passed, it's a good idea to ask your instructor to take you for a lesson on the motorway. Alternatively, you could take part in the Pass Plus scheme. This has been created for new drivers and includes motorway driving. Ask your instructor for details.

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A provisional licence holder cannot drive a car without supervision. A provisional licence holder must be accompanied by a full license holder who is over 21 and has held their license for at least three years. In the UK, people with provisional licenses are regularly pulled over while driving unsupervised, which can result in fines and license points. Foreign license holders with an international driving permit who are driving within a year of their first arrival in the UK are an exemption.

When driving a car in the UK, you must have "L" plates on it if you only have a provisional license. It is a requirement that a learner driver ALWAYS drive with properly sized "L" plates visible from the front and rear of the vehicle.

To operate the vehicle you are learning to drive, you must be insured. If you are learning to drive with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) or (PDI), this is typically not a problem. However, be sure that your instructor's registration has not expired, and if in doubt, request documentation. It is YOUR obligation as the driver to be aware of the insurance coverage for the vehicle since, in the event of an accident, the third party will pursue you in the first instance as the driver of the vehicle, even though your supervisor or instructor may be viewed as an accomplice.

As a holder of a provisional license, you must ensure that the vehicle you are operating is roadworthy. This does not only mean it must have a current MOT; it also means that the vehicle's tyres, lights, and exhaust system must all function properly. The police will pull over any vehicle they believe to be unroadworthy.



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