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Double demerit points

In Queensland, double demerit points are applied to persons who repeatedly commit specific offences that increase the road safety risk to the person themselves or other road users. Double demerit points apply all year round for these repeat offenders as a way of discouraging dangerous driving behaviours on a continuing basis.

Double demerit points are allocated for certain second or subsequent driver seatbelt offences, motorbike helmet offences and offences for speeding more than 20 kilometres per hour (km/h) over the speed limit, that are committed within 1 year of a previous offence. From 1 September 2015, double demerit points will also apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences that are committed by drivers within 1 year of an earlier offence.

A person does not necessarily have to commit the same type of offence a second or subsequent time to be allocated double demerit points. A second or subsequent offence only needs to be within the same offence group for the person to accumulate double demerit points.

For example, if a person commits an offence of failing to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, they will be allocated 3 demerit points for that offence. If they commit a second motorcycle helmet offence within 1 year, such as again failing to wear a helmet or failing to ensure their passenger wears a helmet, they will be allocated 3 demerit points for the second offence, plus an additional 3 demerit points for it being within 1 year of the first offence. They will have 6 demerit points allocated to their traffic history for the second offence, which may result in a driver licence sanction.

Similarly, if a person commits a speeding offence of driving at 25 km/h over the speed limit, they will be allocated 4 demerit points for that offence. If they commit a second speeding offence of driving at 32 km/h over the speed limit within 1 year, they will be allocated 6 demerit points for the second offence, plus an additional 6 demerit points for it being within 1 year of the first offence. They will have 12 demerit points allocated to their traffic history for the second offence, which will result in a driver licence sanction.

From 1 September 2015, if a person commits an offence of using a mobile phone while driving, they will be allocated 3 demerit points for that offence. If they commit a second mobile phone offence within 1 year, they will be allocated 3 demerit points for the second offence, plus an additional 3 demerit points for it being within 1 year of the first offence. They will have 6 demerit points allocated to their traffic history for the second offence, which may result in a driver licence sanction.

The mobile phone offences that could result in double demerit points being allocated will be for any driver using a hand-held mobile phone while driving (including when stopped in traffic or at traffic lights) and for any use of mobile phones by learner and P1 provisional licence holders under 25, and P1 probationary licence holders. Mobile phone offences committed before 1 September 2015 will not be counted in the calculations for allocating double demerit points.

Last updated
26 July 2016