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Traffic Offences – Demerit points

In Australia, if you commit traffic offences such as speeding offences, seatbelt offences, traffic light offence and other miscellaneous offences, you will have demerit points recorded, which will also be recorded on your traffic history.

Demerit points will be  applied from the date you commit an offence, and these points remain on your license for 3 years. Different traffic offences incur different amounts of points. See the following examples:

  • Failing to stop for a red traffic light or arrow – 3 points – Fine of $400
  • Failing to give way to a pedestrian when turning at an intersection with traffic lights – 3 points – Fine of $400
  • Failing to leave 1m when passing a bicycle in a 60km/h or less speed zone – – 3 points – Fine of $400
  • Driving more than 20km/h, but not more than 30km/h, over the speed limit – 4 points – Fine of $444
  • Driving more than 40km/h over the speed limit – 8 points – Fine of $1,245

If you are an open licence holder that incurs 12 or more demerit points, you are disqualified from driving for a certain period. You should note that the length of disqualification period depends upon how many points you have been accumulated over and above 12 points.

Clear or Reduce Demerit Points

Once you pay a fine for a traffic offence,  you admit to the offence being your fault and are therefore unable to challenge the demerit points anymore. Because of this reason, you must seek a proper legal advice from Armstrong Kutz Lawyers before you pay the fine. We will help you clear or reduce your demerit points if you believe that there is a good reason.

 Special Hardship Orders

If you are suspended or disqualified as a result of traffic offence, but you still need to drive because you or your family members will be prevented from earning for your living, you may be eligible to apply for a special hardship order. You should lodge an application within 21 days from the start of the suspension with supporting evidence to the local Magistrates Court where you live. There is a fee for lodging your application with the Court. In general, Courts are reluctant to clear or reduce demerit points, hence legal submissions must be well structured and carefully written by professional lawyers to convince a Court.

If you have any concerns in relation to demerit points as a result of  a traffic offence, and you are at risk of losing your driving licence,  please contact us before you pay fine. Armstrong Kutz Lawyers are professional Brisbane lawyers experienced in traffic offence matters. Contact us today for a free initial 15 minutes phone consultation.

 

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