NSW demerit points are the go!

November 16, 2008 at 11:57 pm 4 comments

Faced with the prospect of a huge voter backlash as motorists reap their harvest of demerit points for a huge variety of driving misdemeanours, the N.S.W. State government has started to back-pedal on the consequences of their actions. A rumoured 40,000 motorists on Sydneys North Shore have accumulated so many de-merit points that their next indiscretion will cost them either a 3 month’s suspension of their driving licence, or force them into an undertaking to be good for the next twelve months, or double the penalty if they offend again.

The new NSW Minister for Transport says he’ll look into it – he promises.

Regular Sydney commuters know where the speed cameras are, either from the GPS or from local knowledge. What throws their calculations out is when a new camera is installed at a new location. They reap a harvest for the first month, until the grapevine catches up. Pity the poor country motorist who comes to town rarely, and has their hands full already negotiating Sydney traffic. Throw in some rain, or a thunderstorm, or a huge truck blocking your vision, and six points can go out the window in a flash.

Average traffic speed in Sydney is 65 km/hour. Because this is 15 kms over the 50km subrurban speed limit,  it puts the fine bracket up to the next level – $243 dollars instead of the lesser penalty.

But beware, in Queensland, it’s 13 km/h over the posted limit that puts you up to the higher penalty

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David Matthews  |  February 6, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Additional info on Eastern state speed limits and demerit points is:-
    N.S.W. 0-15 km’h over; $81 and 3 points.
    ACT ….0-15 km/h over; $153 and 1 point.
    Q’land 0-12 km/h over; $100 and 1 point.
    Victoria 0-9 km/h over; $142 and 1 point.
    For higher “overs”
    N.S.W. 16-30 km/h over;$243 and 3 points.
    ACT 16-30 km/h over;$233 and 3 points.
    Q”land 13-20 km/h over;$150 and 3 points.
    Victoria 10-24 km/h over;$227 and 3 points.

  • 2. David Matthews  |  June 14, 2009 at 12:43 am

    The N.S.W. Government has now altered the scale of demerit points because of the howls of protest from motorists sitting on 9 points. From July 1, 2009,
    It’s now :- up to 10 km/h over the posted limit costs 1 demerit point and $84 fine
    :- 11 to 20 km.h over costs 3 points and $197 fine
    :- 21-30 km/h over costs 4 points and $338 fine.
    :- 31-45 costs 3 month’s suspension 5 points, $647 fine
    :- more than 45 km/h over costs $1744 fine and six month’s suspension.

    They mean business!

  • 3. Trish Hunt  |  August 5, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    This means that the NSW government has increased the fines, suspension periods and points per offence. Who said that they have made it more lenient??

  • 4. David  |  November 24, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Now they will keep you on a knife edge with their additional one point granted to private motorists before Christmas 2010. “Professional” drivers get two! How professional is that?
    Fines and suspensions stay the same. Leaving the kerb without indicating for five seconds no longer carries a points penalty. It used to be 10 seconds everywhere else but N.S.W.and the other States fell into line. IT’s still wise to do it though!


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