Worried about a licence suspension this long weekend?

Posted by Justin Wong on 28 September 2018

Double Demerits are in place from 12:00 am 28 September 2018 to 11:59 pm on 1 October 2018.

Double Demerits were introduced in 1997 during holiday periods and long weekends as during those periods there are comparatively high numbers of serious accidents.

During periods of Double Demerits there is an increased risk that drivers who are caught speeding or disobeying the road rules during that time, will lose their licence due to an accumulation of demerit points.

If you speed 20km over the speed limit for example you will incur 8 demerit points instead of 4. Significantly with the increase in demerit points for using a mobile phone to 5 points, during double demerits you will incur 10 demerit points and with that potentially risk your licence.

How many demerit points can you incur?

If you are on your full licence you can incur 13 demerit points before your licence will be suspended. If you are a green p you can incur 7 points and for red p drivers and learners, you can only incur 4 points.

What do I do if I lose my licence?

If you are on your full licence and incur 13 or more demerit points you will receive a notice of suspension which can be between 3-6 months.

You can avoid the suspension by agreeing to go on a good behaviour licence for a period of 12 months. On a good behaviour licence, you must not incur more than 2 demerit points during that 12-month period, if you do, you will have to serve double the original suspension period. If you do breach your good behaviour licence by incurring more than 2 demerit points, it is important that you do not pay the fine until you have received legal advice.

If you are on your provisional licence and you have been suspended, or if you are caught speeding 30 or 45km over the speed limit and are suspended by the RMS or the police, you can lodge a licence appeal before the Local Court.

This licence appeal application asks the court to consider your personal circumstances in determining whether they should reduce your suspension or quash your suspension altogether.

For information about making a licence appeal application or if you are concerned about the status of your licence, please give us a call on (02) 9025 9888 or send us an enquiry at info@streetonlawyers.com.au