Grab your new clip and face the triangular part (or tongue) of the clip towards the number plate. The 'number plate side' goes behind the number plate.
Clip a corner on to the number plate then push the rest of the clip 'home'. Have a look to see that there isn't a gap between the backbone of the clip (the live hinge) and the number plate.
Now push your L plate or P plate onto the clip. Start by pushing a corner of your L or P plate into the clip and then slide the rest of the plate in.
Once again, make sure it is pushed 'home'. Have another look to see that there aren't any gaps between the live hinge and the edge of the L or P plate.
If you're an L plater or if you're using someone else's car, then you can simply remove your plates from the car and leave the clip there for your next drive. Simply clip on the L or P plate.
Tip: When the clips are new they are quite stiff. You can make them more malleable by bending or manipulating the different faces of the clip.
Be patient. It can be done without scratching your paintwork any more than it already has.
Anywhere on the license plate. Top, bottom, left or right. Front and back for a car or truck and only on the back for a bike. Some States require that the attached plate doesn't bend out more than 45°.
On some cars the number plate cavity doesn't allow enough room to position a P or L plate properly without the clip.
The compliant nature of the clip live hinge means you can. You can clip your P or L plate straight on to the number plate and have it bend out at an angle from the number plate.
That's a big advantage but in most states it shouldn't bend out more than 45°. Alternatively you could clip it to the bottom or top of the number plate.
Yep. You bet!
The NSW profiles of the red P plate, the green P plate and the L plate are the same so the clip will fit them all.
And don't forget - you can clip them on the top, bottom, left or right of your number plate.
If you're on L plates you may even want to clip a couple on the front and a couple on the back.
It's pretty unusual for the clips not to fit but there could be a few things you could try...
We are not the only lucky country to have P plates. Italy has an actual P plate and their P stands for 'principiante' - meaning beginner.
But there are a lot of countries that have plates or stickers to indicate some form of novice driver. Some countries, such as Japan, have a sticker that novice drivers are required to put on the car window.
Each State has different rules when it comes to obtaining a license. See the answer to the next question or our State links on the home page.
In NSW the RTA have the best information on getting a license
If you are 17 years of age or older, you are eligible to attempt the Driving Test if you have logged at least 120 hours driving time (which includes a minimum of 20 hours of night driving) and have held your learner license for at least 12 months.
Note: drivers aged 25 years and over are exempt from the 12 month tenure and log book requirements.
You will need to book for the Driving Test by calling the RTA on 13 22 13 or booking online at myTests on their website.
Please contact us with your question and we'll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can.
Did you know?
Make 1 HOUR = 3 HOURS
In NSW a learner driver who completes a 1 hour structured driving lesson with a fully licensed driving instructor can record 3 hours driving experience in their Learner driver log-book.
See the NRMA website for details.
If you're on P's and towing a trailer, a P plate must be displayed on the back of the trailer.
Plan B, Media release, RMS Transport, August, 2012.
P-plate problems panned, by Matt Smith, The Mercury, posted July 11, 2012 03:00pm.
Thousands sign up for P-plate driver research, ABC News, posted May 29, 2012 07:03:04.
P-plater turbo ban lifted, by Matt Brogan, carsales.com.au, posted 29 May 2012.
P-plater turbo ban lifted, by Steve Colquhoun, Drive, posted May 18, 2012 07:03:04.
Car rules change between L and P plates, by Kylie Adoranti, True Local News, posted 26 April, 2012.
P-platers going tribal, by Jem Wilson, The Northern Star, posted 23 April, 2012.
QLD P plate rules change, Amoauto Underworld Club, by TwinTurbo1JZ, posted Feb, 2012.
QLD P plate rules change, Newcastle Herald, by Alison Branley, posted 11 Jan, 2012 03:00 AM.
P plate curfew proposal parked by Premier, ABC News, Posted October 20, 2011.
Plan for P plate curfew, Michelle Harris, Newcastle Herald, 20/10/2011.
Curfew proposed for NSW P platers, NSW political reporter Mark Tobin, ABC News, 20/10/2011.
P platers need a night curfew: NSW report, Nine News, 19/10/2011.
NRMA blog - P plate driver restrictions. Posted on July 28, 2011 by Steven Bradley, NRMA Motoring & Services
NSW - The RTA have the best information on getting a license.
Wikipedia - About driver's licences in Australia