Provisional Licence holders can carry passengers

Here in the UK, there are no restrictions that stops a provisional licence holder from carrying passengers in a car including Kids while learning to drive, or practising in preparation for the driving test.

Here are the restrictions that apply to a provisional licence holder in the UK.

1. You are not allowed to drive a car alone, you must be supervised by a full licence holder in the category of vehicle (automatic can not supervise in a manual).

2. You must display L plates on your vehicle while driving.

3. You are not allowed to drive on the motorway with a provisional licence, this includes full automatic priviledges using a manual transmission car.

So feel free to carry passengers with your provisional licence, but do bear in mind that you have a responsibility towards the people in the car, and that your vehicle will handle differently with a full load compared to just you and instructor. You should also not exceed the maximum allowed passengers for the car you are driving, and make sure all children under the age of 14 are wearing seat belts or in a proper child seat or restrainer.

I would also advice to be careful about having young children in the car as a learner, they could be a distraction, and hinder the learning process, so you need to ask your instructor if it is okay to bring a baby, toddler on a lesson (even if you have an appropriate car seat).

Finally having your mates in the car could have a negative effect during private practice if they encourage you to flout the rules or ignore speed limits etc.

For more information, see also my provisional licence law article, as it is YOUR responsibility to know the regulations covering the conditions of your licence.

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