Drivers warned: Double demerits in force from today

Anyone heading across the border into NSW is being reminded double demerits kick into gear from today.

They”ll be in force from midnight on December 20 and remain in place over the festive season, until News Years Day.

Double demerit points apply for speeding, seat belt, motorcycle helmet and mobile phone offences, so Aussie drivers are being told to buckle up, watch their speed and keep their hands only on the wheel.


Anyone caught using their phone during a double demerit period can expect to be hit with the fine as well as up to a whopping 10 demerits.

The same double demerit rules apply for the Australian Capital Territory, while Western Australia’s double demerits period is in place until January 5.

In Queensland, double demerit points apply all year round – not just during holiday periods. They are are applied to drivers who repeatedly commit specific dangerous driving offences within a given 12-month period.

While in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and the Northern Territory there are no double demerits in place.