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How Demerit Points Work In The Holiday Season

As we all know that when holiday season draws near, more and more people start to go out. People are celebrating and going out to shop for gifts, decorations and other things that they might need for Christmas, Boxing Day or for the New Year’s.

The increased number of people going out means there is an increase in traffic on the roads and it gets a little crowded. Moreover, the law enforcement officers are also more vigilant in the holiday season because of the potential damage a traffic offence like speeding or drunk driving might cause. To encourage drivers and riders to obey the traffic laws more strongly, the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) department has introduced a period of time, when the penalty for breaking the laws of the road are more severe.

Usually, whenever you commit an offence, demerit points for that certain offence are added to your driving record. If you reach the limit of demerit points within a 3-year period on your respective license type, the RMS can suspend or refuse to renew it.

What’s Different About Demerit Points In The Holiday Season

The Roads and Maritime Services has a double demerit points period to encourage drivers to abide by the laws of the road and encourage safe driving in the holiday season. As this holiday season starts with Christmas and ends on New Year’s Day, the double demerit points period specified starts from the midnight on December 22nd 2017 to January 1st 2018.

Double demerit points means that if you were to break any road law and it had 2 demerit points for that certain offence to be added to your driving record, in this particular time period the demerit points added will be double the normal amount. So you will having 4 demerit points added instead of 2 to your record.

This double demerit point system applies to certain types of offences which includes:

  • Use of mobile phones while driving
  • Riding without helmet
  • Not wearing your seatbelt
  • Exceeding speed limit

If your license is being suspended due to demerit points reaching their limit on your certain license type, you have a 28-day period in which you can file an appeal for your license at your local court.

At Platinum Lawyers, we have the best means available to prepare an effective license appeal application for you. We will prepare all the documents that are required and provide you with the Best Lawyers in Traffic Offences to represent you in court so you have a higher chance of retaining your driving license. For more information, call us at (02) 8084 2764

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