School day double whammy

There is a school day in the upcoming double demerit points period for Australia Day in 2017.  This means that if you are P plater speeding in a school zone, say travelling at 50 because you think that is the speed limit, you will loose 10 demerit points.  If you are a P plater you don't have 10 demerit points, so actually you will lose your licence.

If you are a fully licenced driver and you are going 55 in a 40 zone, because you don't realise it is a school day, you will lose 8 points.  If you are travelling on the Northern Road out the front of St Doms and you don't realise it is a school day you will lose 12 points.


When is it?

The Australia Day long weekend for the purpose of double demerit points in NSW is Thursday 25 January through Sunday 28 January 2017 inclusive, that is, from midnight on Wednesday 24 January 2017 until midnight on Sunday 28 January 2017.



What does it 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 (Friday 27 January) 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 forget it is a school zone on Friday 27 January 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 Monday.  Only teachers will be around that day.


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.

Bruce Coode