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Where do you put the P Plates?

Where do you put the P plates?

Teenager now on their Provisional license? The best part is the freedom it brings for them and yourself, but the worst part is the actual P plates!

Are you clear on where P plates are to be placed? Does your teenager know?

If not, they are looking at potential fines and loss of demerit points.

There are two main things to remember:

  1. You need two plates. One on the front of the vehicle and one at the rear. Both plates need to be visible from 20 metres away.

2. The entire P plate needs to be visible and be complete. No missing corners or rips and the P needs to be clear and not faded.

You have a choice of two types of plates. The free plastics ones need to be inserted into a plate bracket and cannot be tucked in behind the licence plate.

The magnetic ones can be placed on a visible part of the vehicle. With these be careful not to buy them from discount stores – as some of them display an incorrect speed limit!

When choosing which type of plates to use, think about the shape of your front and back bumpers as some plate brackets may scrape the paint on your vehicle. You also want to make sure you don’t put magnetic plates onto very dirty panels as it can get scratchy!

Of course all of these also apply to L plates too.

A good tip is to always keep a spare pair in the glovebox, for those times when P plates seem to disappear!

Enjoy one of our longer articles in our Resources section.