Provisional licence restrictions

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on July 26, 2021


What restrictions apply to people who have a provisional driving licence?

They can’t drive unaccompanied: You must be accompanied by someone who is at least 21 years old and has held (or still has) a full licence for the category of vehicle being driven for at least three years. There are also insurance and car implications you need to be aware of.


Even if you only have a provisional licence, you must be insured to drive the vehicle.

A learner driver with a provisional driving licence must also show red L plates (or D plates in Wales) to the front and rear of the vehicle when driving a motor car.


Driving on motorways

Provisional motorcycle or vehicle licence holders MUST NOT USE HIGHWAYS by themselves.

From the 4th of June 2018, provisional licence holders may drive on the motorway if accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car with red L plates (D plates in Wales) with dual controls.