Definition of P-plate in English:



  • (on a motor vehicle) a sign indicating that the driver has only a provisional driving licence and is therefore subject to certain restrictions.

    ‘there is a long list of cars that people on P-plates are not allowed to drive’
    • ‘A check of the alleged speedster's licence showed he had only received his P-plate licence five weeks earlier.’
    • ‘Some States have a restriction on the maximum speed that a P-plate driver can drive on the open road.’
    • ‘Several states operate a zero-alcohol regime for P-plate drivers and some enforce a reduced speed limit for drivers on a provisional licence.’
    • ‘The first month of driving alone, on a P-plate, is extraordinarily dangerous, and the first six months are pretty bad news.’
    • ‘Flagrantly disregarding the P-plate rules in a turbocharged car is likely to get you pulled over by the cops.’
    • ‘Some Ballina Street parking was creative, for example the P-plate vehicle which was nose-in, with its chassis sharply angled, well out onto the bitumen, forcing all traffic to the other side of the road.’
    • ‘The recent case of a P-plate driver doing 175 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, and being allowed to keep his licence, highlights a deficiency in the current law.’
    • ‘Depending on the state, P-plate holders are limited to when they can drive and who they can drive with, and face tougher demerit punishments for infringements.’
    • ‘As soon as you get your license you get a p-plate which stays on your car for three years.’
    • ‘Local P-plate drivers have given the State's best response to an online study into the causes of car crashes involving young people.’