On the eleventh day of Christmas........better swat up on when the double demerit periods run over this holiday season

Posted on 20 December 2012

Festive Season Driving - Double Demerits and Road Closures

Christmas may be the time of giving, but the gift you don’t want to receive this year is a speeding fine. The double demerit period in New South Wales, applying to all speeding and seatbelt offences, will begin at mid-night Thursday, 20 December 2012 and conclude at mid-night on Tuesday, 1 January 2013.

Roads and Maritime Services advises that the key areas the double demerit points apply to for full licence holders are:

  • Exceed speed limit by not more than 10km/h – 2 points
  • Exceed speed limit by 11-20km/h – 6 points
  • Exceed speed limit by 21-30km/h – 8 points
  • Exceed speed limit by 31-45km/h – 10 points and licence suspension
  • Exceed speed limit by more than 45km/h – 12 points and licence suspension
  • Driver not wearing own seatbelt – 6 points
  • Driver with passengers not wearing seatbelt – minimum 6 points
  • Rider on a motorcycle without own helmet – 6 points
  • Rider with a passenger on a motorcycle not wearing a helmet – minimum 6 points

If you are out and about in Sydney on New Year’s Eve wanting to navigate your way around North Sydney and the CBD there will be various road closures. The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be closed from 4:00pm Monday, 31 December to 4:00am Tuesday, 1 January 2013. For further road closures check the NSW Transport Authority website.