Tuesday 16 February 2021

What do changes to the Hazard Perception Test mean for me?

What do changes to the Hazard Perception Test mean for me?

The hazard perception test (HPT) is an on-line test designed to help drivers under 25 years old identify and respond to dangerous driving situations. The test will measure how quickly you respond to those situations.  Good hazard perception can help you and others stay safe on the road.

If you already hold a P1 licence or pass your driving test and get a P1 licence on or before Friday 26 March 2021, nothing will really change for you.  The new change will not really affect you.  You will still need to hold your P1 licence for 12 months before taking the HPT test, and then progress to either a P2 or open licence.

From Monday 29 March 20121, learner licence holders will need to complete the HPT before passing their driving test in order to progress to P1 licence.  There will be a brief period where it won’t be necessary to complete the HPT before doing the practical driving test.

Until 1 July 2021, learner drivers will be able to take the HPT before or after their practical driving test.  However, from 1 July 2021 learner drivers will need to complete the HPT before their driving test.  Either way, you will need to pass both the HPT and your driving test before progressing to your P1 licence.

Learner drivers will need to be at least 16 years 6 months old, and held the learner licence for at least 6 months before attempting the HPT.  You should receive an email when you’re eligible to take the test.  It is not necessary to complete the 100 hours logbook driving before doing the HPT.

Here are some helpful links to find out more.  These links may disappear after the changeover to the new testing system.

Hazard perception test -

Changes to the test -

It's worth noting hazard perception skills take time to develop, and new drivers are more at risk in the first 12 months of driving.

You can improve your driving and get better hazard perception skills by practising the following while driving:
  • scanning for hazards in front of you
  • maintaining safe margins between your vehicle and others'
  • consider a safe speed for the conditions you're driving in
  • remember you are sharing the road with others
  • allow time to slow down
  • use 3 seconds as a following distance
  • watch out for roadworks or other changes to the road
  • avoid distractions while driving

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