All practical driving tests are competency based and objective. All tests by Transport and Main Roads staff are conducted in accordance with Q-SAFE policy and procedures and are delivered consistently across the state. Q-SAFE was developed through a process of extensive consultation and is regularly updated to reflect any changes to the Queensland Road Rules.
Principal Advisors (Driver Assessment) are employed to analyse driver testing data including driving examination standards and pass/fail rates.
Bring your current learner, provisional or open Queensland or foreign licence with you
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the time allocated for the test
Organise a registered motor vehicle to use for the test. The test vehicle must be a standard test vehicle (details below) for the class of licence you are applying for
Ensure your vehicle displays the correct L-plates
Complete a Driver Licence Application/Renewal (form F3000) and make sure the registered operator of the vehicle has signed the Registered operator's authorisation for test vehicle on this form.
Note: If your licence is in a language other than English you should carry a recognised English translation of the licence.
You will be assigned a driving examiner who will make the following statement to you before you start your test.
"Q-SAFE is designed to evaluate your ability to drive safely and correctly in different driving situations which may include a variety of speed zones. I will be asking you to perform a series of driving tasks throughout your driving test. You will be given clear instructions in ample time. If I don't give you any specific directions, please follow the road and be directed by the road signs, signals and markings."
Listen carefully to the driving examiner's instructions and ask for clarification if you do not understand any part of an instruction before you start your test. The driving examiner cannot answer any questions that may influence your driving performance once the test begins.
You will be expected to perform the driving tasks according to the road rules.
You will not be asked to do anything illegal or unsafe.
If your test vehicle is fitted with blind-spot mirrors, you must still look over your shoulder to make sure there are no vehicles in either blind spot.
Turn off your mobile phone during the test.
After you have completed all of the driving tasks, the driving examiner will direct you back to the testing centre. The driving examiner will discuss the results of your test with you on your return to the centre.
If you hold a learner licence or foreign licence, you are required to pay the licence fee before your provisional (P1 or P2 type) or open licence can be issued.
If you already hold a current Queensland provisional (P1 or P2 type) or open licence, a new licence showing the upgraded class, will be issued to you.
You must also remove your L-plates before you leave the centre and replace with the relevant P-plates . You are no longer a learner licence holder. Displaying L-plates on a vehicle when you are not the holder of a learner licence carries a monetary fine. Not displaying a P-plate also carries a monetary fine as well as two demerit points.
If you fail the test, do not panic. Ask the driving examiner what driving tasks or skills you specifically need to work on, take the time to practice and book another test.
We aim to provide our students with a personalised and patient driving instruction service and we have developed techniques that have given us a very high first time pass rate.
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