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ROAD SAFETY ACT 1986 - SECT 19

Driver licences

S. 19(1) amended by Nos 5/2016 s. 36(Sch. 1 item 3(a)), 49/2019 s. 116(Sch.  1 item 37(a)).

    (1)     The Secretary may, on the application of a person over the age of 18 years, grant a driver licence if the Secretary is satisfied that the applicant is qualified to hold a driver licence.

S. 19(2) amended by Nos 5/2016 s. 36(Sch. 1 item 3(b)), 49/2019 s. 116(Sch.  1 item 37(b)).

    (2)     The Secretary may, before granting a driver licence, require the applicant—

S. 19(2)(a) amended by Nos 5/2016 s. 37(Sch.  2 item 1), 49/2019 s. 101(1).

        (a)     to pass any appropriate tests or assessments and to undergo any appropriate training; and

        (b)     to comply with any prescribed procedures and requirements; and

        (c)     to have any prescribed qualification.

S. 19(2A) inserted by No. 74/2007 s. 5.

    (2A)     Without limiting subsection (2)(b), a regulation for the purposes of that paragraph may provide for different procedures or requirements depending on a person's age, experience or any other factor.

S. 19(3) amended by No. 5/2016 s. 36(Sch. 1 item 3(c)).

    (3)     A driver licence authorises a person to drive on a highway any categories of motor vehicle indicated in the licence for the term, and subject to any conditions, specified in the licence.

S. 19(3A) inserted by No. 110/2004 s. 23(1), amended by No. 49/2019 s. 116(Sch.  1 item 37(c)).

    (3A)     Without limiting the generality of subsections (1) and (3), in exercising the Secretary's discretion under this section, the Secretary may grant people of or over 75 years of age driver licences for shorter terms than the terms that usually apply to people who are less than 75 years of age.

S. 19(4) amended by No. 5/2016 s. 36(Sch. 1 item 3(d)).

    (4)     A driver licence may be applied for, granted, renewed or refused only in accordance with the regulations.

S. 19(4A) inserted by No. 5/2016 s. 21, amended by No. 49/2019 s. 116(Sch.  1 item 37(d)).

    (4A)     Without limiting any power the Secretary has under the regulations to renew a driver licence and subject to sections 19A and 19B, the Secretary may renew a driver licence held by a person who is 75 years of age or over for a shorter term than the term that usually applies to a person who is less than 75 years of age.

S. 19(5) inserted by No. 89/1991 s. 5(1).

    (5)     Subject to subsection (6), a person who holds a driver licence must have the licence in his or her possession at all times while driving or in charge of a large vehicle.

Penalty applying to this subsection: 5 penalty units.

S. 19(6) inserted by No. 89/1991 s. 5(1).

    (6)     Subsection (5) does not apply in respect of a large vehicle being used on a journey wholly within a radius of 80 kilometres from the place of business from which the large vehicle normally operates.

S. 19(7) inserted by No. 17/1994 s. 5, amended by Nos 1/2002 s. 9(1)(a)(b), 56/2013 s. 17(1), 7/2019 s. 8(1).

    (7)     A person who, having been disqualified from obtaining a driver licence or learner permit under section 50 or  89C of this Act or section 89 of the Sentencing Act 1991 or by force of section 3AD (other than paragraphs (b) and (d) of that section) of this Act, holds a driver licence or learner permit issued only because of the making by the Magistrates' Court of a licence eligibility order must have the licence or permit in his or her possession while driving or in charge of a motor vehicle at any time during the period of 3 years (or any longer period during which an alcohol interlock condition applies to the licence or permit) from the first issue of a licence or permit on that order [5] .

Penalty applying to this subsection: 5 penalty units.

Note to s. 19(7) inserted by No. 56/2013 s. 17(2), amended by No. 7/2019 s. 8(2).

Note

Section 28A(2) provides that a person whose driver licence or learner permit is suspended by force of section 89(4) of the Sentencing Act 1991 is not disqualified for the purposes of this subsection.

S. 19(7AA) inserted by No. 49/2014 s. 37(5), substituted by Nos 70/2016 s. 8, 7/2019 s. 8(3).

    (7AA)     A person who holds a driver licence or learner permit to which an alcohol interlock condition applies must have the driver licence or learner permit in their possession while driving or in charge of a motor vehicle.

Penalty applying to this subsection: 5 penalty units.

S. 19(7A) inserted by No. 56/2013 s. 17(3), amended by No. 49/2014 s. 36(2), repealed by No. 7/2019 s. 8(4).

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S. 19(7B) inserted by No. 49/2014 s. 44, amended by No. 68/2017 s. 66(1), substituted by No. 49/2019 s. 101(2).

    (7B)     A person who has been issued with a driver licence which authorises the person to drive a motor cycle must have the licence in their possession at all times while driving or in charge of a motor cycle during the period of 3 years from the first issue of that licence.

Penalty: 5 penalty units.

S. 19(7C) inserted by No. 68/2017 s. 66(2).

    (7C)     In calculating the period of 3 years referred to in subsection (7B), any period for which the person's driver licence has been suspended or for which the person has been disqualified from driving during that 3 year period must be excluded.

S. 19(8) inserted by No. 81/2006 s. 16, amended by No. 49/2014 s. 36(2).

    (8)     A person under the age of 26 years who holds a driver licence must have the licence in his or her possession at all times while driving or in charge of a motor vehicle.

Penalty applying to this subsection: 5 penalty units.

S. 19A inserted by No. 12/2006 s. 182 (as amended by No. 32/2006 s. 53(6)), amended by No. 5/2016 s. 36(Sch. 1 item 4), substituted by No. 47/2014 s. 296, amended by No. 49/2019 s. 116(Sch.  1 item 38).



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