When do double demerit points apply?
The Easter double demerit point period is Midnight Wednesday 12 April 2017 to midnight Monday 17 April 2017 (or Thursday 13 to Monday 17 April inclusive).
The Anzac Day double demerit point period is Midnight Thursday 20 April to midnight Tuesday 25 April (or Friday 21 to Tuesday 25 April inclusive). The Anzac Day period includes a 'school day' on Monday 24 April 2017.
So what does that mean?
The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences:
- Speeding - will be 6 points for a fully licensed driver going between 10km and 20km over the limit
- Illegal use of mobile phones - will be 8 points for this period
- Not wearing a seatbelt - 6 points per seatbelt
- Riding without a helmet - 6 points
However on the school day (Monday 24 April) in a school zone, the penalties for speeding would be higher and would be as follows:
- Speeding - will be 8 points for a fully licensed driver going between 10km and 20km over the limit
- Speeding - will be 10 points for a learner or provisional licence driver going less than 10km over the limit
A provisional driver doesn't have ten points, a learner driver or a P1 driver has four points, a P2 driver has seven points. So if you don't know about the school zone on Monday 24 April 2017 you could lose your licence. This is difficult because for all intents and purposes most people wouldn't consider it to be a school day because most schools in Penrith start on the Wednesday or later (that is after the public holiday). Only teachers will be around that day.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Everyone knows about the double demerit points because of the advertising campaigns but there is rarely any mention of school days. If you have friends who are P platers please warn them about the school day.
What is a school day?
We have written a separate article about that, as it is a longer issue. You can read that article by clicking on the blue button to the right.
Who can help?
Bruce Coode has been helping clients with their drivers license problems for decades, and he can give you realistic answers in plain English explaining what your penalties might be, and whether you can fight them. Your first half hour appointment is free, if he can't help you then it won't cost you anything. If he can help you, he can tell you what your options are and how much that will cost. It doesn't hurt to sit down with him and discuss your matter.
If you would like some more information about driving laws, or about our firm, then read some of our other articles on this topic.