Rules For The Restricted Driving Licence

March 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM

The restricted driving licence is one of the two licences you will have to have held before you acquire a full driving licence in New Zealand.

It gives you a restricted right to drive on public roads so as to gain the skills and experience necessary for a full driving licence.

As the name suggests, this kind of driving licence comes with several restrictions to the driver. Unlike the full driving licence, there are a few things a holder of this licence is not allowed to do.

It is however not as restrictive as the learner licence and will afford the would-be driver a few privileges.

To acquire this licence you will need:

1.    To meet all the application requirements. You will be required to:
    Present proof of identity
    Prove your eyesight is good enough
    Take a photograph and provide your signature
    Pay the application fee.
2.    Book, pay and sit a practical exam.
3.    Pass the practical exam.

Once you have received your restricted driving licence, you will be allowed to drive on public roads under the following conditions:

1.    You can only drive unsupervised between 5am and 10pm.
2.    If you want to drive outside this time period, then you must be accompanied by a qualified supervisor.
3.    If your licence test was carried out in an automatic vehicle, then you are only allowed to drive an automatic unless a supervisor accompanies you.
4.    Carrying passengers is not allowed unless your supervisor is accompanying you and allows you to do so.

There are, however, a few exceptions to the no-passenger rule. You are allowed to carry a passenger without a supervisor if the passenger is:

-    Your partner or spouse.
-    Your guardian or parent.
-    A child under your care or that of your spouse.
-    A relative living with you who receives social benefits.
-    Someone to whom you are the primary caregiver.

Who qualifies to be your supervisor?

For a person to qualify as a supervisor, they must:

-    Be holders of a full New Zealand licence for the class of vehicle you are training to drive.

-    Have held the licence for a period of not less than 2 years.

-    Are not required themselves to be under driving supervision.

Read more about your driver’s licence:
Steps To Getting Your Driver’s Licence In New Zealand

Category: Road Rules