Double Demerits Dates - Labour Day 2019 

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 October long weekend.

Double demerits start on Friday 4 October and run through to Labour Day on Monday 7 October (inclusive). The double demerit points period applies from midnight of the start date to midnight on the finish date. 

Double demerit points apply for speeding, seat belt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences during all holiday periods such as long weekends, Christmas, New Year and Easter. Drivers caught using their phones during a double demerit period can expect to be hit with the fine as well as up to 10 demerits.

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

NSW Public holiday period

NSW Double demerit periods

Labour Day 4 October to 7 October 2019
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day 20 December 2019 to 1 January 2020


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.

The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences:

  • Illegal use of mobile phones

  • Speeding

  • Not wearing a seatbelt

  • Riding without a helmet

The scheme is designed to encourage safe and responsible driving. Working in conjunction with financial penalties, demerit points provide a strong incentive to drive within the law.

Double demerit periods were introduced in 1997 in NSW. By law, double demerit periods must be advertised and awareness campaigns are coordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers.

Do you think the Double Demerits scheme is an effective way of preventing dangerous driving?

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