Different road rules apply to different licence classes. You may be faced with demerit points and a fine if you are caught and charged with a traffic violation.

These penalties and fines apply to all licence holders:
  • Failing to wear a seat belt or driving with a passenger who fails to wear a seatbelt
  • Driver using a hand-held mobile phone while driving
  • Speeding
  • Disobeying traffic lights or signals
  • Disobeying stop or give way signs
  • Using an unroadworthy vehicle
  • Unnecessary noise or smoke from vehicle
  • Following too closely
  • Failing to use headlights appropriately
Planning a road trip? Remember different road rules apply in different states. Check out our Interstate Driving page for helpful tips about driving throughout Australia.
For further information about traffic offences and road rules in Queensland, head to the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

  • If an open licence holder accumulates 12 or more demerit points in a 3 year period you may have to choose whether your licence will be suspended for three months or an agreement to drive under a period of good behaviour for 1 year.
  • As an open licence holder you can use a mobile phone but only using a hands free, speaker or Bluetooth device.
  • Open licence holders are restricted to maintain a blood or breath alcohol reading under 0.05% and cannot be under the influence of illegal drugs.

For more information, head to the Department of Transport and Main Road’s website.

  • You must have your licence with you at all times when driving and show to police if requested.
  • There is no set rule about where you should place your GPS in your car. Just remember to put it somewhere that doesn’t -
    • Reduce the driver’s vision
    • Interfere with any safety systems within your car (eg. airbags)
    • Hinder passenger movements
    • Make contact with any occupant
    • Dislodge in a crash
    • Distract other drivers
  • It is illegal to hang anything from your rear view mirror.
  • When driving it is illegal to drive without due care and attention, you must have proper control over the car you are driving. Simple tasks like changing CDs, adjusting the radio station, eating or drinking while you are driving could land you a fine if you happen to end up in an accident while your attention was off the road.
  • When speed limits are not specified in Queensland it is automatically 50km/h in residential areas and when travelling through rural areas the speed limit is 100km/h.
  • You can put stickers on your car but be careful where you place them. Any stickers put on a windscreen must not be within the swept arc of the windscreen wipers and cannot obstruct your view in any way.
  • Each state or territory in Australia has different requirements and restrictions that apply to learner and provisional drivers. Check out our interstate driving page for the laws in each state.
  • When driving with pets in the car ensure they are appropriately secured to ensure their safety and your own. Make sure the pet isn’t sitting on your lap and doesn’t distract you and never leave your pet alone in your car for any length of time.
  • Open licence holders may be fined if they are caught driving with L or P plates on their car.