Road Ready Driving School
Over 20 Years Experience
Book Driving Lessons 62595005
Established in 2001, our Driving School is one of the longest-established, most respected and popular Schools in Canberra.
Experienced Accredited Instructors. Manual and Automatic Late-model Vehicles. We are running a special at the moment. First one-hour lesson with us is only $60. All lessons after that are $85.
Call our office on 62595005 now to book.
Before you commence driving lessons, whether with parents, friends or a qualified instructor, you must obtain an ACT Learner Licence. You can do that by attending one of the Pre-Learner Licence courses available on this website. Minimum age to hold learner licence in the ACT is 15 years and 9 months. You must always carry your Learner Licence with you when taking a lesson with either a qualified instructor, parent or friend. You must carry your Log Book with you if being assessed by an Accredited Instructor. You can practice your driving with anyone you choose, provided they hold a full licence. Once you have satisfied the above requirements, you can choose to either attempt the Government Driving Test or go through the Log Book System with an Accredited Driving Instructor. If you choose the Log Book System, please check that your Instructor holds an Accreditation at the time of the lesson. A valid certificate should be on display in the vehicle. Also, if you live outside the ACT eg. Yass or Queanbeyan, please make sure your instructor has a valid certificate. Instructors who are not accredited are not by law allowed to assess students on the Log Book System. You may wish to engage the services of one of our Accredited Instructors before attempting the Government Test. This could save you money in the long run as our Instructors would be able to help you brush up on your driving skills before you take the Government Driving Test. On the other hand, if you are a parent or friend tutoring a Learner Driver, you may want to revise your own driving techniques. This way you can be sure that what you are teaching is what may now be required to obtain a Provisional Licence. You can find more up-to-date information by clicking on the links on the “Useful Links” page on this website. Any questions, please give us a call.
Making our roads safer for new drivers
Our new and young drivers are over-represented in road crashes. To make our roads safer for new drivers a range of changes have been made, which apply to all learner and provision licences issued or renewed from 1 January 2020. Some of the changes include:
- Required driving hours for learners:
- If you are under 25 when you are issued with your learner licence you must undertake a minimum of 100 supervised driving hours, including a minimum of 10 hours at night-time.
- If you are 25 or older when issued with your learner licence you must undertake a minimum of 50 supervised driving hours, including a minimum of five hours at night-time.
- Introduction of a mandatory Hazard Perception Test.
- Introduction of a two staged provisional licence:
- A red P plate for the first 12 months (P1) with late night peer passenger restrictions.
- A green P plate for the remaining two years (P2). If you are 25 or older when you are issued with your provisional licence, you will be a P2 for the entire three-year provisional licence period.
- Reduced demerit point threshold for learner drivers from 12 points to four points.
- A provisional driver will no longer be able to increase their demerit point threshold or be exempt from displaying P-Plates.
When will I be eligible for my Provisional Licence ?
If you are issued with a learner licence after 1 January 2020, in order to be eligible for a provisional licence in the ACT, you must:
- be at least 17 years of age
- have held your learner licence for at least 12 months (or six months if you were at least 25 years of age when it was issued)
- have completed the minimum number of required driving hours
- have successfully completed the Hazard Perception Test
- have successfully completed either the one-off driver assessment with a Government-appointed Licence Examiner, or the ACT Competency Based Training and Assessment Logbook with an ACT Accredited Driving Instructor
The expiration date for all ACT learner licences (car and motorcycle) will be automatically extended by 12 months if they were otherwise due to expire between 23 March 2020 and 1 January 2021
Just in from the ACT Government.. All Learner Licences with an expiry date between January 31st 2022 and 31st March 2022 will be automatically extended for a period of SIX MONTHS. There is no cost associated with this extension an Licence holders will receive a letter confirming the extension. You can then obtain a replacement card online free-of-charge. Those that this affects are not subject to GLS requirements if the licence was issued before January 1st 2020.
I have an Interstate Learner Licence, what rules apply to me ?
Unfortunately, an Interstate Learner Licence is not directly transferable.
However, if you are 17 years of age, have a current interstate learner licence and have held a learner licence for at least six (6) months (and are 25 or over), or twelve (12) months (if you are under 25) you are permitted one attempt only at the practical driver assessment with an ACT Government Licence Examiner. If you already hold a learner driver licence in another jurisdiction and want to use the licence tenure to sit a one-off practical driving assessment in the ACT, you must obtain a licence history from the interstate jurisdiction. The licence history must be supplied within 7 calendar days from the date of issue to an Access Canberra Service Centre in order to book your practical driving assessment. You will also need to satisfy the learner licence requirements by providing proof that you have met the minimum required hours and have completed the Hazard Perception Test. Without satisfactory proof of the above you will not be able to book your practical driving assessment. Check with Access Canberra.
If the learner licence is not current, or if you fail the practical driving assessment, you will be required to undertake and pass the Pre-Learner Licence Course and knowledge test and obtain an ACT learner licence. You can book for the Pre-Learner Licence Course on this website.
Overseas Licence Holders
If you hold a licence from another country, you must first determine the status of your licence. Licences from other countries fall into two categories: approved and non-approved. If your licence is considered non-approved you will need to complete additional steps to obtain your full ACT licence. All holders of an overseas licence from a non-approved country, who are applying for an ACT licence will now need to complete the Pre-Learner Course and the knowledge test. You can book the Pre-Learner Licence Course (which includes the knowledge test) on this website.
Once you have completed both the course and test, you can still book a driving test with Access Canberra directly. Or you can choose to do the ACT Logbook method.
If you pass the one-off Government driving test, you will be issued a full licence. If you fail you will be issued with a Learner Licence.
Once you have been issued with an ACT Learner Licence, you will be required to complete all the requirements of the Graduated Licensing Scheme. This includes:
- Mandatory practice driving hours dependant on your age.
- Clients under the age of 25 are required to complete 100 hours of driving practice with at least 10 hours during night-time conditions; and
- Clients aged 25 or above are required to complete 50 hours of driving practice with at least 5 hours during night-time conditions.
- Hazard Perception Test
- Hold an ACT Learner Driver Licence for the required tenure dependant on your age. Your overseas driver licence tenure is honoured in this scenario, but you will be required to provide a Licence Search from the Country who issued your Licence. Check how this should be done with Access canberra,
- Clients under the age of 25 are required to hold their ACT Learner Licence for a minimum of 12 months; and
- Clients aged 25 or above are required to hold their ACT Learner Licence for a minimum of 6 months.
Once the above requirements are met you must pass either a Government Driving Assessment or the Competency Based Training and Assessment before you can upgrade your ACT Learner Licence to an ACT Provisional Licence and must hold this for a period of 3 years.
Consideration may be made if you can get confirmation of holding your overseas licence for a substantial time, from your embassy. You will need to complete the Competency Based Training and Assessment with a driving school, or a driving test with Access Canberra to get your Provisional Licence. You then have to hold your provisional licence for 3 years before getting your full licence.
If you have never held a drivers licence, you must abide by the normal requirements to obtain an ACT licence.
If you have any questions in relation to these changes, or would like to find out if this applies to your country. Please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to contact your office after hours?
Our office is open from 8am to 6pm. Our policy is that someone will always be on the other end of the line between the above hours. Can’t get through? Our office staff will call you back.
How will I know if I will have an Accredited Instructor?
Easy…all Road Ready Instructors are Government-trained Accredited Instructors and are able to do Log Book Tuition. Some of our Instructors are even licenced to teach in NSW.
Am I fully covered by insurance?
All our cars have comprehensive insurance and are covered by Public Liability.
Will I be able to change to another Instructor ?
Yes you will be able to change at any time for any reason. Competencies already marked as “completed” will be recognized by your new Instructor.
Pick up/drop off at home and dropped off at school/work?
Of course….but, try to avoid being picked up at one side of town and being dropped off on the other side. This cuts the lesson time in half as time is wasted just traveling from pick-up to drop-off.
How much notice should I give if I want to cancel a lesson due to illness eg?
Call us ASAP if you are unable to make your appointed time. Someone else may be able to take your place. Cancellations inside 24 Hours will attract the full lesson fee. No charge outside 24 hours.
How many lessons will I need to complete the Logbook ?
We have TEN Accredited Instructors, manual and auto, all with many years of experience. Most Driving Schools have only one or two. Our Instructors know what to look for when you take your first lesson. They are professional at assessing what a new student has to work on to improve dramatically. We do not sit in the driveway on the first lesson and spend an hour (in some cases with other Driving Schools it could be ninety minutes) “assessing” where you are up to.. no, our Instructors will get you driving straight away. We do not advise our students to purchase packages. Why ? Because you may purchase a package of ten lessons from another Driving School and may only need seven to complete the Logbook. Money down the drain. We do not charge our students any extra for the first or second reviews or for the final competency 23. Be aware that some Driving Schools will spring this on you when you get to that stage, asking you to pay more for these lessons, which is really unfair. We will get you safe and competent in the least number of lessons possible.. guaranteed. Remember, it’s a “two-way street” and the more you practice, the quicker you will finish.
We want you to complete the Log Book in the least number of lessons possible…but, we will not put anyone on the road who we deem to be unsafe and not competent. The number of lessons you would need really all depends on the individual. Some students may have received extensive training from parents and friends, prior to their first Professional lesson. Others may have done very little or none at all. Some may have to re-learn techniques which may no longer be considered as meeting the required standards eg. steering, proper gear changing. Some students have a quicker learning capability than others and will obviously require less lessons. However, the Log Book will require a minimum of seven lessons to complete. Again, let me stress that this would apply only to students who have had extensive correct tuition from parents/friends. Our Instructors will usually be able to provide you with an estimate after your first lesson.
We are currently running a special.. first lesson with our Company is $60 for the first hour. Each one-hour lesson after that is $85, with a guarantee that there will be no increase in lesson prices for the remainder of your tuition. You can pay by cash or Eftpos on the day. Remember.. it doesn’t matter if you have already started Log Book with another Driving School.. there is no obligation for you to stay with that Driving School until you have finished the Log Book. You can try our experienced Accredited Instructors for one lesson and, if you are not satisfied with the quality of the tuition you receive, then change back to whoever you are with. That way, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Remember, cancellations INSIDE 24 Hours will attract the full lesson fee. Our Instructors are usually all full and need adequate notice to fill vacancies. We are running this special to show you that there is a difference in quality of instruction in the ACT.
All our Instructors are experienced in ACT Logbook tuition. We are not a franchise.. nor can we offer you extras like discount insurance, BUT we can offer you quality instruction. Remember, the ACT Logbook system is a proven step-by-step method for learner drivers heading for their P’s. There is no other system in the ACT which is superior. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your son or daughter is being taught a better or safer method.
Finally, a word of warning… Always check out your instructor before you book with any Company in Canberra.. ask the receptionist how much experience they have before giving them your hard-earned money.. or worse.. your credit card details ! As our Logo says “Know you’re in safe hands”.. be assured that all our Instructors have years of experience in ACT Logbook tuition.