A World Tour (of Learner Driver Decals)!

March 19, 2013
Learn more about NJ’s decal and the global experience in an upcoming free Webinar, as part of a series run by the Network for Public Health Law, on Thursday, March 21 at 1 p.m. (EST)

A recent study demonstrated the early positive effect of New Jersey’s novice driver decals at reducing teen crash rates. Other states are also contemplating requiring novice drivers to display decals (also known as identifiers) on the outside of their vehicle when they are the driver. This got me thinking about what novice driver identifiers look like in other parts of the world. 

 

The New Jersey decal is a 1 x 1.5 inch red Velcro sticker that looks like this:


Here is a sampling of Learner (L-Plates) and Probationary (P-Plates) decals in other countries. Note that they are much larger than New Jersey’s --  typically 5 x 5.5 inches.

This is the L-plate for Britain, Ireland, and Singapore:

Hong Kong’s version of the L plate- the Chinese character means “to learn””:

 

Macau’s L plate, with the same Chinese character “to learn” along with another character meaning “car":

 

This is the P plate (for newly licensed drivers) in Australia:

 

The shoshinsha mark in Japan for new drivers:

 

The apprenti sticker in France:

 

In Italy, the principiante mark:

 

In Israel, the letter on the top is a "lamed" for "Learner":

 

Finally, a pretty Swiss blue and white L plate: