From today, New South Wales has joined South Australia, Queensland and Victoria in adopting laws for P-platers that don’t put a blanket ban on all turbocharged vehicles.
NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay’s plans to “redefine high performance vehicles to reflect the reality of today’s cars” have come into effect.
The new rules for NSW will make cars with power-to-weight ratios of 130kW or less per tonne acceptable for P-platers, while those with more power per tonne will remain outlawed.
Gay said this will enable P-platers to drive a broader range of cars that will “help make life easier for families and young drivers”, and that “super charged no longer just means super speed”.
“The previous blanket ban on P-platers driving supercharged or turbocharged vehicles was put in place when the features on these cars were only used to enhance speed and acceleration,” Gay said.
“These days, for many vehicles in this category it is about fuel efficiency not speed and acceleration, so it was appropriate we revisit the ban in light of the fact many of these vehicles are low performance with modern, effective safety features,” Gay said.
“For families with a car which may have been previously off limits to young drivers, these reforms mean P-platers no longer need to carry an exemption when driving the family vehicle.”
Do you think this is a good law? What other law changes would you like to see for P-Platers?