Double Demerits Dates 2020

Double Demerits Dates in NSW my nrma
Double Demerits Dates in NSW my nrma

We remind motorists in NSW and the ACT to drive safely and to remember that double demerits are in place for four days over the Queen's Birthday long weekend (Friday 5 June to Monday 8 June inclusive). There are additional penalties for people caught breaking the law in school zones on Friday 5 June as this is an active school day.

Double demerit points apply for speeding, seat belt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences during holiday periods and run from midnight on the start date to midnight on the finish date. 

Please also be aware that this is the second double demerit period in which active Mobile Phone Detection Cameras are being enforced and fines issued. Drivers caught using their phones during a double demerit period will be hit with a $457 fine and 10 demerits.

School Zone warning

School zone speed limits will still apply on Friday 5 June and fall with the double demerit period. The consequences of failing to know this could be severe. Offences in school zones on Friday will include: 

  • Four points and $200 fine speeding 10 km/hr or under
  • Eight demerit points and $360 fine for speeding over 10/km/hr

There are also many other offences that can be penalised in a school zone, albeit without incurring double demerit points, with some acts carry a heavier penalty than if they were committed elsewhere.

Please drive safely and take extra care on the roads. You can check your demerit points here.

2020 NSW Public holiday period

2020 NSW Double demerit periods

Queen's Birthday  5 June to 8 June inclusive
Labour Day  2 October to 5 October inclusive
Christmas and Boxing Day
(extra Public Holiday for Monday 28 as Boxing Day falls on a Saturday)
24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 inclusive

FAQs

According to the RMS website, any active demerits points you've accrued will remain on your record for a total of 3 years and 4 months.

While the fines may be hefty, only the points are doubled during double demerit periods.

Not all states and territories were created equal when it comes to copping double demerit points. Only NSW and ACT have double demerit points in place during holiday periods, while Victoria has never had double demerits.

Our Can't talk. Driving. report reveals that over one-in-five (21%) of drivers have been involved in a near-miss behind the wheel because the other driver was using the phone while driving.

As of 17 September 2018 drivers who use a mobile phone illegally will be penalised an extra demerit point, up from four to five. During double demerit periods, drivers who  break the rules will be penalised 10 demerit points – a huge amount when the threshold on unrestricted licences is 13 points.

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