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Full-licence drivers fined $161 for leaving L-plates or P-plates on car

The Advertiser 2019-06-10 08:59:00

As if teaching someone to drive or letting a new licence holder borrow your car isn’t already stressful enough, now drivers have been warned they can be fined for making a very simple mistake.

A Facebook post by Victoria Police asked social media users to vote on whether they thought fully licenced drivers could be fined for displaying L or P-plates.

Anyone who shares a car with a learner driver or P-plater knows how easy it is to forget to take off the plates before driving.

But licensed drivers caught driving around with L or P-plates on can be hit with a hefty fine.

“Under the Road Safety Drivers Regulations, you will receive a $161 fine for displaying L or P-plates when not required,” Victoria Police wrote.

Not only will accidentally leaving P-plates on land you a fine, you will also be hit with three demerit points.

Though 77 per cent of voters got the question right, many were still shocked something seemingly so insignificant could result in that kind of fine.

“Geez a simple and easy thing to forget to take off. Victoria police you look for anything these days to fine people,” one social media user said.

“Stupid rule. Who does it hurt? It only warns other drivers to be weary of you,” another wrote.

One person argued drivers should be warned instead of fined.

“When you’re teaching your teenagers to drive, it can be easy to forget about the one on the rear of the car. Should be a warning not a fine,” they wrote.

A few people pointed out the law had been around for a long time and hadn’t changed in years.

“This law has been around for more than 20 years, don’t get your knickers in a knot because now they are advertising that they will enforce it,” one commenter said.

Another person claimed some fully licenced drivers should be “displaying L plates regardless”.

Originally published as Easy driving mistake could cost you $161