On the eleventh day of Christmas........ What is the double demerit period and when are school zones finishing?

Posted on 18 December 2013

As Christmas nears, and Festive Season activities are in full swing, the NSW Police Force will be active on our roads. Radars and RBT Units will be used extensively in an attempt to help us all get to where we are going safely. A speeding fine over the Double Demerit period could see your licence fly out of the window. This year, Christmas Day falls on a Wednesday but the Double Demerit period will begin the week prior as of mid-night Thursday, 19th December and will continue through until midnight Wednesday, 1st January 2014. Drivers should also be aware that Friday 20th December is still a gazetted school day and School Zones will also be in operation both morning and afternoon on this day. Schools are then closed for the summer holiday period from Monday, 23 December 2013.

Roads and Maritime Services advise 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 Tuesday, 31 December 2013 to 4:00am Wednesday, 1 January 2014. For further road closures check the NSW Transport Authority website.