11 days of double demerits in NSW set to start from midnight tonight

QUEENSLANDERS planning on driving south of the border over the Christmas-New Year break are being reminded to follow the road rules with double demerits coming into effect from midnight tonight.

Double demerit points will be in force for 11 days right across New South Wales over the Christmas and New Year period to help improve road safety during the holiday season.

From midnight tonight (Thursday, December 21), through to Sunday, January 3, any motorist caught speeding, using their mobile phone while driving or not wearing a seatbelt will be hit with double demerit points.


Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by 10km and under will lose two points, while those clocked travelling at more than 45km/h over the limit will lose 12.

Meanwhile, motorists who are caught using their mobile phones will immediately lose eight points.

Motorcyclists caught not wearing their helmet will also be hit hard, with six demerit points.


  • Exceed the speed limit by 10km/h and under (2 points)
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 10km/h (6 points)
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 20km/h (8 points)
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 30km/h (10 points)
  • Exceed the speed limit by over 45km/h (12 points)
  • Driver not wearing his/her own seatbelt (6 points)
  • Driver penalty for each passenger not wearing a seatbelt (6 points)
  • Rider on a motorcycle not wearing his/her own helmet (6 points)
  • Rider penalty for passenger on a motorcycle not wearing a helmet (6 points)
  • Using a mobile phone while driving (8 points)