Licencing & Registration
|Wednesday, 26 February 2014|
The NSW Police Force has released the results for Operation Drink Drive 1 (Media Release, 23 February 2014).
The results for Operation Drink Drive 1, which we spoke about in an earlier blog, were as follows:
NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley said "There were two fatalities during the Operation Drink Drive 1 period, which is five down on last year." He also said that "While the statistics for Operation Drink Drive 1 have been encouraging, with 164 fewer drink-drive charges, our current NSW road toll remains higher than at this time last year".
Operation Saturation is now underway.
Operation Saturation is a four week blitz on speeding drivers. Operation saturation will feature high visibility static operations in known accident hot spots.
Operation Saturation continues until midnight on Sunday 23 March 2014.
|Friday, 21 February 2014|
NSW police launched two major road safety campaigns this week.
Operation Drink Drive 1 commenced on Thursday and runs until midnight on Saturday, 22 February. As the name implies, it is aimed at drink driving.
Operation Saturation is a blitz on speeding which commences immediately after Operation Drink Drive 1 and runs for one month.
So far, 2014 has been a bad year for road trauma. According to the NSW Police Force press release, in the first 48 days of 2014, 57 people lost their lives on NSW roads, a 50% increase over the same period last year during which 38 people lost their lives. According to the press release alcohol was a major factor in about one in seven crashes involving a fatality.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner - Specialist Operations, Catherine Burn makes it clear that whilst random breath testing has had a major impact on the number of road deaths, the task is ongoing. She said "In the year before we introduced RBT in NSW, the road toll was almost 1,300, compared to last years record low of 339. Nevertheless, many people just don't seem to be getting the message about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2013, we charged about 22,000 people with drink-driving offences".
Police will conduct a high number of random breath tests this weekend. We can also expect to see a high police profile during the blitz on speeding.
|Wednesday, 18 December 2013|
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:
Examples of the demerit points that can be accumulated during a double demerit period are set out below:
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.
|Monday, 04 November 2013|
Have you worked out how much you are paying in tolls on a daily, monthly or annual basis?
If you drive to work in Sydney it is highly likely you will be hit with a toll somewhere in your trip. Some drivers can pay up to 5 or 6 tolls in a return trip to work each day. The impost would be even higher for professional drivers such as couriers, taxi drivers and truck drivers.
As an example, a drive from Campbelltown or Liverpool to the city and return in a passenger car can cost as much as $24.47 per day. That is $489.40 per month or $5,872.80 per year.
If you drive from Liverpool to the city, there is the M5 ($4.40), Eastern Distributor ($6.17) and the Cross City Tunnel ($4.95). On the way home, there is the Cross City Tunnel and the M5 again. Luckily, the Eastern Distributor only charges for north bound journeys.
The trap is that you pay each toll by way of draw down of funds from your account. It is easy to overlook the total cost.
How much do you pay in tolls?
|Thursday, 03 October 2013|
Do not forget that double demerits apply this weekend.
Double demerits apply from midnight on Thursday 3 October 2013 until midnight on Monday 7 October 2013.
Double demerits apply to speeding, seatbelt and motorcycle helmet offences.
Double demerits can quickly add up to the allowed maximum of 13 points for most fully licenced drivers.
For example, a driver not wearing a seatbelt will accumulate 6 points this weekend. If the driver also has one passenger not wearing a seatbelt 12 points will be accumulated and if there are two passengers in addition to the driver not wearing a seatbelt, 18 points will be accumulated, resulting in the loss of the driver's licence.
Exceeding the speed limit by 10 to 20 km/h will result in 6 demerit points for a driver on a full licence.
Drive carefully and enjoy the weekend.
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