Overview of the structure of the Restricted Licence Test

Test duration
The test takes a total of one hour to administer. This time allows for:
meeting the applicant
conducting the pre-drive vehicle safety check
conducting a 45 minute practical drive
adding up the test score sheet at the end of each stage
providing feedback to the applicant on their performance at the end of the test.


Test route stages
The test comprises two stages.
Stage 1 of the test takes
•10 minutes and is a set of relatively simple driving tasks conducted in a less complex traffic environment designed to assess the applicant’s driving ability. This stage determines whether the applicant is a sufficiently skilled and safe driver to proceed to the more challenging driving tasks and environments of Stage 2 of the test.
•An applicant who does not achieve a satisfactory score in Stage 1 is not permitted to undertake Stage 2 of the test. In this way, applicants who are not ready to tackle the more challenging tasks in Stage 2 are screened out before they can pose a danger to themselves and other road users.
 

Stage 2 of the test takes
•35 minutes and is designed to assess the applicant’s ability to perform more challenging tasks in moderately challenging environments.
•To pass the RLT, an applicant must demonstrate safe decision-making, observance of road rules and satisfactory car-handling skills throughout the whole test.
Stages 1 and 2 of the RLT must be undertaken during a single test booking. They cannot be split into separate appointments.
Driving tasks There are two types of driving tasks in the RLT:
Assessable tasks include left and right turns, lane changes (or turning right across traffic where lane changes are not available), merging with other traffic, straight drives, straight or right at a roundabout and a reverse parallel park. The applicant’s performance on each assessable task is assessed according to predetermined task assessment items.
Linking manoeuvres join up the assessable tasks into a complete driving route that begins and ends at the car park of the testing office or other suitable location for the start. Linking manoeuvres include similar driving manoeuvres to the assessable tasks but do not have associated task assessment items assigned to them.
There are seven assessable tasks in Stage 1 and 18 assessable tasks in Stage 2.

Assessment items
During the test the applicant will be assessed against three different assessment criteria:
Task assessment items which assess one aspect of driving performance during the execution of each assessable task. The task assessment items are described in section 5.
Critical errors which are recorded at any time they occur during the RLT, whether during an assessable task or not. The critical error types are described in our practical training sessions.(Book now for practical training)
Immediate failure errors are also recorded at any time they occur and result in the immediate failure of the test. The immediate failure error types are described in our practical training session.(Book now for practical training)
Pre-drive checks
Overview
Before beginning the RLT, the testing officer will:
check the candidate’s identity
conduct a pre-drive safety check
conduct an in-vehicle safety check.
Documentation
Prior to commencing the test the testing officer will:
sight the applicant’s learner licence to ensure it is current and to confirm their identity
check the vehicle to be used in the test for:
a current warrant of fitness or certificate of fitness label
two learner licence plates (L plates) displayed correctly
a current vehicle licence (registration) label
a current road user charges (RUC) label if it is a diesel vehicle
sufficient fuel to complete the test.
If any of these requirements cannot be met, the test will be cancelled.
Vehicle roadworthiness and controls
The vehicle to be used for the test must comply with the legal provisions that govern its use on the road. While testing officers do not examine the vehicle in detail, they will check the items listed below to ensure that all safety items are in a roadworthy state. Applicants will be requested to assist with the pre-drive check.
If the vehicle is not roadworthy, the test will not proceed
 
. Vehicle posture (car only)     The vehicle is sitting square to the road, indicating all tyres have equal or close to equal pressure.       
Body work     The vehicle has no obvious damage that could be considered dangerous.       
Tyres and wheels     Tyres should have the required tread depth and no uneven wear, and wheels should appear undamaged (visual inspection only). Winter and summer tyres are not mixed.
The test cannot proceed if a space-saver tyre is fitted to the vehicle.       
Indicators and brake lights     Indicators and brake lights (to meet equipment requirements) operate correctly and all lenses are intact.       
Head lights     Lenses must be intact and high and low beams operate if the test is to take place in low light conditions.       
Windscreen wipers     Wipers must operate satisfactorily if the test is to take place in rain or fog.       
Horn     The horn must operate.       
Driver/rider safety     Mirrors are checked for position and seatbelts are in safe and serviceable condition.      
In-vehicle safety checks
The testing officer will check the applicant is able to identify where the following controls are located in the vehicle:
handbrake
windscreen demister
rear window demister (where fitted).
If the applicant is unable to identify the items above they will be pointed out to them and the applicant will still be able to undertake the test. However if it becomes necessary to use one of the controls during the test and the applicant requires assistance to operate the control, an immediate failure error would result.
The pre-drive safety check and in-vehicle check do not contribute to the applicant’s test score.


Assessable tasks
Stage 1 Assessable tasks
Table 1 shows the typical assessable tasks for stage 1. Some tasks may be assessed more than once and may be assessed at intersection types that differ from those shown here. It is also possible that some tasks may be replaced by others if they cannot be undertaken on a particular test route. For example, all routes are designed to include a reverse parallel park, but this task may be replaced by a three-point turn if a safe location for a reverse park is not available when required in the test route.
Task
1 Right turn giving way to intersecting traffic (one lane each way), may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
2 Left turn giving way to intersecting traffic (one lane each way), may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
3 Lane change right
4 Lane change left
5 Reverse parallel park
6 Three-point turn (substitute task)


Stage 2 Assessable tasks
The purpose of stage 2 is to assess the applicant’s driving ability in busier day-to-day traffic environments. Stage 2 of the test route therefore uses roads with medium to heavy traffic flows.
Typical stage 2 assessable tasks and their location requirements are shown in table 2. Some tasks may be assessed more than once and may be assessed at intersection types that differ from those shown here. It is also possible that some tasks may be replaced by others if they cannot be undertaken on a particular test route.
Task
7 Right turn giving way to intersecting traffic (one lane each way), may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
8 Right turn giving way to intersecting traffic (two lanes each way), may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
9 Right turn giving way to one lane of oncoming traffic, may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
10 Right turn giving way to two lanes of oncoming traffic, may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
11 Left turn giving way to intersecting traffic (one lane each way), may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
12 Left turn giving way to intersecting traffic (two lanes each way), may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
13 Left turn giving way to turning traffic, may be at a ‘T’ or cross-intersection
14 Lane change right
15 Lane change left
16 Lane change right in preparation for a turn
17 Lane change left in preparation for a turn
18 Merge lanes
19 Straight drive (medium speed)
20 Straight drive (arterial road)
21 Right turn at a roundabout
22 Straight through at a roundabout

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