Changes to the Norfolk Island Traffic Act

Changes to the Traffic Act – Riding on the back of Utes

On 19 December 2020 changes were made to the Norfolk Island Traffic Act. Some of these changes took effect immediately and some, such as the changes to the rules around riding on the back of Utes, will come into effect on 20 March 2021.

Changes that came into effect on 19 December 2020 include:

  • Allowing P platers from other jurisdictions the ability to drive on Norfolk Island

  • The introduction of roadside mobile drug testing

  • Automatic licence suspension for high-risk driver behaviour

Other changes to the legislation effect:

  • High range drink driving offences for novice drivers and commercial drivers

  • Minor offences where a person drives a motor vehicle with an “L” or “P” sign

  • Court sentencing for traffic offences

Important changes to riding on the back of Utes include:

  • Drivers must have a full licence to carry passengers on a Ute tray
  • Drivers must pass a short written test indicating that they understand the rules that apply to transporting passengers on a Ute tray
  • Drivers must have zero blood alcohol when transporting passengers on a Ute tray
  • Transport in a Ute tray is limited to the hours of 6am to 8pm
  • Passengers must be at least 8 years of age to travel in a Ute tray

The short written test is free of charge and can be completed at the Registry Office. On successful completion, the Registrar will provide an endorsement on your driver’s licence.

If you have any queries about the changes to riding on the back of Utes, please contact the Registry Office on 23691 or, Customer Care on free call 0100 or, by emailing customercare [at] nirc.gov.nf

A fact sheet with more information about the changes to the Traffic legislation can be found on the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications website.

Changes to the Regulations can be viewed on the Federal Register at link www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2021Q00002