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Speeding fines and demerit points

"The average speeding fine $210 that's around 5 hours work (average Queensland wage)"

When a vehicle is detected speeding by a speed camera, an infringement notice is issued to the registered operator of the vehicle. If the vehicle is jointly registered, the infringement notice is issued to the operator whose name is listed first. The notice provides details of the alleged offence and includes a photograph.

The notice provides the registered operator with 28 days to pay the fine, elect to go to court, or nominate the driver of the vehicle. If you are the registered operator and you pay the fine, demerit points will be accrued against your driver licence.

Fines and demerit points for speeding offences detected by a camera are the same as for other speeding tickets.

Current penalties for individuals caught speeding

Infringement Penalty amount Demerit points
Less than 13km/h over the speed limit
$174 1
At least 13km/h but not more than 20km/h over the speed limit
$261 3
More than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h over the speed limit
$435 4
More than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h over the speed limit
$609 6
More than 40km/h over the speed limit $1,218 8 points and 6 month suspension

Organisations

The penalty amount issued to an organisation as the registered operator of a vehicle is 5 times the amount for an individual because demerit points are not applied to organisations.  However, an organisation can nominate an individual as the driver. The penalty amount will be reduced to the amount for an individual and demerit points will be allocated.

Double demerit points

Double demerit points apply in Queensland to drivers and motorcycle riders who commit more than 1 of the following speeding offences within a 12 month period:

Penalty set (km/h over speed limit) First offence Second offence (within a year)
 

Demerit point penalty

Monetary penalty

Demerit point penalty

Monetary penalty

21-30km/h 4 points $435 8 points $435
31-40km/h 6 points $609 12 points $609
41km/h and above 8 points and 6 months suspension $1,218 16 points and 6 months suspension $1,218

For example, if you commit a speeding offence of 25km/h over the speed limit, you will be allocated 4 demerit points for that offence. If you commit a second speeding offence of 32km/h over the speed limit within 1 year, you 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. You will have 16 demerit points allocated to your traffic history, which will result in a driver licence sanction.

Double demerit points also apply if more than one seatbelt offence occurs within a 12-month period. The additional demerit point penalty applies to driver-related offences for seatbelts.

For example, if you commit a driver seatbelt offence where you failed to wear a seatbelt, you will be allocated 3 demerit points for that offence. If you commit a second offence where you drive a vehicle while a passenger is not restrained, within 1 year, you will be allocated 3 demerit points for the second offence. You will also receive an additional 3 demerit points for it being within 1 year of the first offence. This means you will have 9 demerit points allocated to your traffic history, which may result in a driver licence sanction.

How to pay a fine or infringement notice

For details on how to pay for a fine or traffic infringement notice please visit the how to pay a fine page.

Last updated
11 July 2018