Foreign drivers who violate NSW traffic laws while operating with foreign licences will soon be subject to stricter requirements as part of a new government crackdown.
Drivers from a number of countries will now be required to undergo the NSW driver’s licence tests starting from July 1, 2023, according to the state government. This action would address a loophole that allowed some motorists to keep their licences even after accruing 13 demerit points or being found guilty of a serious traffic infraction.
The Covid-19 outbreak delayed the delivery of driver’s licence tests, despite the previous administration’s efforts to remedy the issue.
The government has chosen to move along with the measures though after altering state regulations. The same knowledge and practical tests will be required of temporary visa holders from a few countries, including China and India, who have lived in NSW for at least six months.
This common sense strategy has been praised by the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA), which claims that it closes a loophole and ensures consistency for all.
People from non-recognized nations including China, India, Pakistan, or Nepal who arrive after July 1 will be impacted. Those arriving from acknowledged nations like Japan, Singapore, or Germany must still change their licences but are exempt from the test.