Qld Hazard Perception Test

By Ben

Are you confused by the new Hazard Perception Test requirements? 

You are not alone!

What is a Hazard Perception Test?

Hazard perception is an important skill and takes time and experience to develop. Demonstrating you have the ability to identify and safely respond to hazards represents an important step in your journey to becoming a safer driver.

Understanding how to scan the road ahead, recognise a potential hazard and respond safely is a skill that will protect you and others on the road. Having time to make decisions when driving can be the difference between responding safely and having a crash.

Remember the 3-step approach:

  1. Scan: Continue to scan the road environment and identify risks when driving at all times.
  2. Recognise: Recognise the difference between potential hazards and hazards that require you to respond. A hazard can be any potential source of danger on or near the road that could lead to a crash. A hazard can come from any direction.
  3. Respond: Learning to recognise a hazard early allows you to make a well-informed decision on the safest way to respond.

(Reference: QLD TMR


What has changed and how does it impact me?

From Monday 29 March 2021 all car and motorcycle learners will be required to pass a Hazard Perception Test to upgrade their licence.

For people with a Learner Licence

Once you have completed PrepL and have your learner licence, you will have to complete the following licence requirements to upgrade to unsupervised driving:

  1. Hazard perception test
  2. Learner logbook (for learner licence holders under 25 years)
  3. Practical driving test

Before Thursday 1 July 2021 you can take the hazard perception test before or after your practical driving test.

Once you pass your driving test you'll be keen to upgrade your licence.



You can upgrade your licence on the same day as your driving test if:

  • You have passed the hazard perception test before your driving test.



You'll need to come back another day to upgrade if:

  • You have not passed the hazard perception test before your driving test.


BUT WAIT! This all changes in July 2021....

From Thursday 1 July 2021, you will need to pass the hazard perception test before you can take your practical driving test.

You will be eligible to take the hazard perception test after you've held your learner licence for 6 months. QLD transport will send you an email to let you know when you can take the Hazard Perception test.



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