Driving a vehicle on our roads
If you own (or partly own) a motor vehicle and intend to drive it on any Western Australian road, you must have the vehicle licensed. A Motor Vehicle means any vehicle propelled by gas, oil, electricity, or any other motive power, not being animal power required to be licensed and complying with the requirements necessary for licensing under the Road Traffic Act 1974 and includes a caravan, trailer, or semi trailer drawn or hauled by the motor vehicle
If you intend to drive another person’s vehicle on a road, you should first make sure the vehicle is licensed. You can make an easy on line enquiry here. Failure to do so can have serious financial consequences if your negligence causes an injury to another person. You are also committing an offence.
You should also make very sure that if you don’t own the vehicle you intend to drive, you have the clear permission of the owner before you drive the vehicle because if you don’t, there could again, be serious financial consequences if you negligently cause an injury to another person.
When the vehicle license is issued, you pay a fee to the Government, part of which is a premium for a policy of insurance which will cover you (and any person driving the vehicle with or without your permission) against any liability in respect of death of or bodily injury to any person directly caused by or by the driving of, the motor vehicle. The protection will only apply when the vehicle is being driven or is running out of control. The cover does not extend to property damage.
A copy of a standard policy of insurance is at A copy is also printed on the reverse of your motor vehicle licence.
The insurer is called the INSURANCE COMMISSION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. To contact the Commission go here.
The insurance covers you whilst you are driving the vehicle anywhere in the Commonwealth of Australia.
However, you and any driver will only be covered, subject to the terms of the policy. Importantly, the drivers protection could be at risk if, when the accident happened,