It’s a long weekend in most places in Australia (sorry VIC and Tassie) thanks to a Labour Day holiday on Monday. This means plenty of people are going to hit the roads with family and friends to watch the footy finals, kick the footy or just kick back and relax. In an effort to keep the roads a safer place, the double demerit points scheme comes into effect in NSW from 30 September to 3 October inclusive.
While most of us know that losing twice the number of points is a good incentive to take it easy on the roads, in my quick run around the office, no one had a clue what this actually means. So here’s my run down of the fastest way to lose your points this weekend.
Accumulating demerit points
All drivers start with zero points. Points are accumulated during a three-year period. If you reach your threshold during this period a licence suspension or refusal is applied. The point threshold depends on the type of licence you hold.
The thresholds are:
- Unrestricted licence – 13 points
- Professional drivers – 14 points
- Provisional P2 licence – 7 points
- Provisional P1 licence – 4 points
- Learner licence – 4 points
- Unrestricted licence with a good behaviour period – 2 points within the term of the good behaviour period.
This weekend you’ll lose double demerits points for the following offences:
- Illegal use of mobile phones
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Riding without a helmet
Here’s what this looks like if you’ve got an unrestricted license and are driving a class A motor vehicle.
Infringement This weekend you’ll lose
Exceed speed 10 km/h and under 2 points
Exceed speed over 10 km/h 6 points
Exceed speed over 20 km/h 8 points
Exceed speed over 45 km/h 12 points
Ride a motorcycle without a helmet (you or a passenger) 6 points
Ride a motorcycle without a helmet (you and a passenger) 12 points
Using your mobile while driving 8 points
Drive with you or a passenger not wearing a seatbelt 6 points
For those who have already slipped into weekend mode, we’ll do the sums for you.
If you’re driving your car up the street and haven’t put on your seatbelt yet and one of the kids has taken theirs off and you’re on the phone to your partner sorting out dinner, say goodbye to your license that’s at total of 14 points!
If you’re heading up the freeway at 122km/hr in a 110km/hr zone and you’re on the phone asking for directions, you’re gone. That’s a total of 14 points!
And these calculations are based on the having zero demerit points at the start of the weekend!
So the fastest way to lose your license this weekend is to put you and your friends and families’ lives at risk by speeding, not wearing seatbelt or helmet and talking on your mobile.
From the HelloCars team, have a great long weekend, enjoy the footy finals and drive safely.
Transport for NSW website. http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/campaigns/double-demerits.html