How Long Do Demerit Points Last (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 2 Years

We feel that the concept of demerit points is completely ridiculous. Indeed, it’s difficult to explain to a new young learner driver why he or she should head out on the road to what they believe will be freedom, but which is plagued on all sides by speed cameras, onerous restrictions, and diligent highway patrol personnel.

Some people believe that points expire after a year, but this is not the case. The reality is that once you’ve got demerit points, you’re stuck with them for two years. If you are convicted of breaking certain driving regulations, demerit points will be applied to your licence. If you’re a first-time driver or have a full licence, the rules are different.

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How Long Do Demerit Points Last?

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If you’ve never had a point taken off your licence or even gotten a parking ticket, the demerit point system might be quite confusing. However, even if you’ve been driving and received fines by accident – which is all too common in Victoria, where speed cameras are disguised and the margin of error for speeding is nearly non-existent – you’re still likely to be perplexed by the demerit points system.

We e all start with 0 demerit points on our licences, a condition of innocence that differs from person to person. How many you have to play with, that is, how many you can collect before losing your licence or having your licence suspended is determined by where you live.

If you only have a learner’s permit or still have P plates on your car, you only have five points to play with, regardless of where you live. If you’re under the age of 22 and have a complete driver’s licence from another state or even another nation, you’ll only get five points in some countries.

Demerit points are valid for two years after they are issued on your driver’s licence. Previously, they would not expire until you had gone two years without collecting any demerit points; however, if you receive points in January and April, the January points will expire three months before the April points. Any active demerit points are cancelled if you are disqualified for more than six or seven months.

Why Do Demerit Points Last That Long?

The greatest amount of demerit points you can receive for a single offence is 50, which you’ll get for most alcohol-related offences or violating the speed limit by more than 35-36 kilometres per hour. Stacking demerit points is possible if you commit multiple offences. For minor speeding offences, driving in an emergency stopping lane, or producing a logbook with 1-5 omissions, the least amount of demerit points you’ll receive is 10.

You will receive a letter of warning after you reach 50 demerit points. A three-month driver licence suspension is imposed if you acquire 100 or more demerit points in any two years. You will be unable to drive as a result. When NZTA, any other authorised agent, or the police serve you with a suspension notice, the suspension term begins.

You will lose your licence if your suspension ends, and you must reapply for it. You must retake your driving test if you have been disqualified for more than 1 year. You may be qualified for a limited licence if a disqualification would cause you or your family undue hardship. This will allow you to drive in certain situations, such as going to and from work. 

To find out if you qualify, you’ll need to speak with a lawyer. We can’t possibly include all of them here because there are far too many. There are almost 180 different traffic offences in NSW alone, not simply speeding, and the majority of them carry a penalty in the form of demerit points. 

Conclusion

The number of points you’ll receive for a certain offence will vary based on whether you committed the offence on a public holiday, and if you did it near a school. You have no demerit points if you haven’t broken any rules. If you commit a driving offence that results in demerit points, the points will be recorded on your driving record. 

Your demerit point limit is determined by the sort of driver’s licence you have. When you reach or exceed your demerit point limit, Transport for NSW has the authority to suspend or refuse to renew your driver’s licence. Demerit points are valid for two years from the date of the offence. 

References

  1. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2000.tb10265.x
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ali-Mohammed-25/publication/329422129_Blockchain_Traffic_Offence_Demerit_Points_Smart_Contracts_Proof_of_Work/links/5c0c88cea6fdcc494fe4a984/Blockchain-Traffic-Offence-Demerit-Points-Smart-Contracts-Proof-of-Work.pdf
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0001457578900325
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