A handbook for Western Australian road users
This handbook is a comprehensive guide to the road rules that apply in Western Australia.
It is written in an easy to understand format and designed primarily to help new drivers prepare for a lifetime of safe driving. If you are a new driver, this book contains the information you will need to obtain your learner’s permit.
The laws explained in this book are the major ones that are contained in the Road Traffic Code 2000 and Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014. However, drivers should be familiar with all traffic laws and a copy of the relevant rules and regulations can be viewed on the Internet at www.slp.wa.gov.au or purchased from the State Law Publisher.
To earn your driver’s licence will require a great deal of effort and, most importantly, many hours of practical experience driving with a supervisor. Those who have already obtained their licence will still need to refer to this handbook regularly and to the Road Traffic Code 2000 to ensure that their understanding of the road rules is up to date.
While a good knowledge of traffic laws will help you drive more safely, research shows that human behaviour is a factor in over 90 per cent of road crashes, so it is important that the theoretical knowledge of the correct use of our roads is translated into responsible and careful driving. The big killers continue to be speeding, drinking and
driving, failing to wear a seat belt and driving when tired.
Please take the time to learn the detailed information in this handbook, refer to it regularly
and put into practice the safe driving behaviour that is the responsibility of us all.