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Australian P plate (held for 2.8 years)

Postby volki » Mon, 12 Mar 2012 8:33 pm

My husband is applying for EP, we haven't been approved/rejected yet, but I'm just looking into the ability to drive there if we move.

I ran a search here and someone mentioned the P plate in Australia is equivalent to a full license in singapore after one year since sg has 1 year p plate requirement? Does that mean I could technically drive for 12 months without additional tests or plates before needing to transfer the license?

I literally am 2 months from getting my full license here in Australia (2.8 years! after getting learners) Would I be able to hire a vehicle?
Sorry if this has been asked previously, I couldnt find anything specific, even in google.
Thanks!

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Postby taxico » Wed, 04 Apr 2012 6:03 pm

AFAIK, a probationary license from australia is different from a probationary driver in singapore...

the latter is a newbie driver holding a regular unrestricted license in singapore. the plate remains up as a public notification they have less than 12 months of "unsupervised" driving experience. after a year, they can take the triangle sign down and that's that.

the former is a restricted license as part of a graduated licensing scheme... and a normal/open license needs to be formally converted/applied for by the licensee.

not the same thing IMO. you should probably get a full license from au first.

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Postby taxico » Wed, 04 Apr 2012 6:18 pm

unrestricted is probably a little overstated... on police records, a probationary driver in singapore has a lower number of demerit points available (12 instead of 24 points)...

these probationary drivers are issued normal full license, and is treated as such elsewhere in the world (places that accept it, ie).

there is no additional test/applications to be made anymore and after 12 months the limits revert to "normal" (24 demerit points) status.

whatever the case may be, you probably will not be able to rent a car in singapore unless there's a slip up in administration/oversight.

also note that if you convert your full AU license to a singapore one before your full AU license is 12 months old, you will be required to put up the triangle to the date you got your full AU license.

i hope i didn't make it sound too confusing...

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Postby volki » Sun, 15 Apr 2012 4:33 pm

Thanks for that! I'm abit confused but generally you don't think I can drive a rental vehicle with a P license from australia?
I did abit more research and found that I could get an IDP (international driving permit) from australia, I'm thinking once I have that it shouldn't be an issue? so confusing!

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Postby sensei_ » Sun, 15 Apr 2012 4:53 pm

i drove in sg when i was on p plates (australian license). never had a problem, as i couldnt be arsed putting the triangles. which is more like a sign for "lets bully the n00b"


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