Double demerit points are a common practice across Australia to discourage dangerous driving and keep the roads safer. Double demerit points apply when an individual has repeatedly committed a specific offence within 12 months of the initial offence.
While a double demerit point system is in place in many Australian states, the rules for double demerit points do differ from state to state. It is important to be aware of how these rules apply to your state, as double demerit points can quickly result in your licence suspension.
Here, we will discuss the rules regarding double demerit points in QLD.
How Do Double Demerits In Queensland Work?
Double demerits work differently in Qld than they do in most other states. Unlike in other states, Queensland’s double demerit points operate year-round rather than solely on holidays.
The way this works is that people who commit certain offences two or more times in a 12 month period receive double demerit points for the offence. This system is in place at all times in QLD, meaning that if you have already committed an offence like speeding, you could be at risk of double demerits if you speed again.
What Kind Of Offences Could Receive Double Demerits In Qld?
Repeating the same, or similar, of the following offences twice or more will result in double demerits.
- Following too close to the vehicle in front. Normally gets 1 point, doubled gets 2 points.
- Exceeding the speed limit by less than 13km/h. Normally gets 1 point, doubled gets 2 points.
- Driving in the right lane on a multi-lane road with a signposted speed limit of more than 80 km/h without an excuse. Normally gets 2 points, doubled gets 4 points.
- Not wearing a seatbelt. Normally gets 3 points, doubled gets 6 points.
- Exceeding the speed limit by 13km/h but not more than 20km/h. Normally, gets 3 points, doubled gets 6 points.
- Failing to stop at a red light or arrow. Normally gets 3 points, doubled gets 6 points.
- Using a mobile phone while driving. Normally gets 4 points, doubled gets 8.
It’s important to note that to receive double demerits, the offence does not need to exactly be the same. For example, two similar speeding offences could result in double demerit points.
How Many Demerit Points Can I Get?
There is a limit to the number of demerit points you can receive before your licence is suspended. The amount you can receive depends on your licence type.
- Learner licence: 4 or more points maximum in 12 months.
- Provisional licence: 4 or more points maximum in 12 months.
- Full licence: 12 or more points maximum in 3 years.
- Provisional licence in a good behaviour period: 2 or more points within 12 months.
- Full licence in a good behaviour period: 2 or more points within 12 months.
Once you reach these thresholds, you will receive a licence sanction notice and face the suspension of your licence.
Need Legal Advice Regarding Double Demerit Points in QLD?
Double demerits in QLD are important to watch out for, and you can reach your 12 point limit extremely quickly if you are not careful.
If you have found out your licence is suspended, our experienced legal team at Guest Lawyers are here to help you get the best outcome . We understand that for many Queenslanders it is vital that you have your licence so you can get to work, so if you need help with a traffic matter, please contact us.