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Double Demerits - Christmas, New Year 2013/14

Double demerits will apply again over the Christmas, New Year period.

Double demerits will commence at midnight on Thursday 19 December 2013 and will be in place until midnight on Thursday 2 January 2014.

Double demerits apply for speeding, seatbelt and motor cycle helmet offences.

Under the demerit point scheme, demerit points are accumulated against your driving licence for a series of specified driving offences. If you accumulate points in excess of a threshold within a three year period, your licence will be suspended or refused.

The thresholds are as follows:
Unrestricted Licence – 13 points
Unrestricted Licence, Professional Driver – 14 points
Unrestricted Licence, Good Behavior Period – 2 points (within the good behavior period)
P2 Licence (green P plate) – 7 points
P1 Licence (red P plate) – 4 points
Learner Licence – 4 points.

Examples of the demerit points that can be accumulated during a double demerit period are set out below:
Exceed speed limit by more than 20 km/h but not more than 30 km/h – 8 points
Exceed speed limit by more than 10 km/h but not more than 20 km/h – 6 points
Exceed speed limit by not more than 10 km/h – 2 points
Drive vehicle not wearing a seat belt and with two or more unrestrained passengers – 18 points
Drive vehicle not wearing seat belt and with one unrestrained passenger – 12 points
Drive vehicle not wearing a seat belt (no unrestrained passengers) – 6 points
Ride motorbike without approved motor bike helmet and with one unhelmeted passenger – 12 points
Ride motorbike without approved motor bike helmet (rider alone) – 6 points

The application of double demerits can be severe and can easily result in you exceeding your threshold, particularly if you are on a provisional or learner licence. If you are on an unrestricted licence with good behaviour period, any double demerits for speeding, seatbelt or helmet offences during the good behaviour period can result in the loss of you licence.

The message is to slow down and drive safely over the Christmas, New Year period.