Double Demerit Points

Speeding, seatbelt, helmet and mobile phone offences attract double demerit points during holiday periods, such as long weekends, Christmas, New Year, and Easter.

The Demerit Points Scheme is a national program that allocates penalty points (demerits) for a range of driving offences. The scheme is designed to encourage safe and responsible driving.

In the 2015 Christmas Holidays the scheme was expanded to include mobile phone offences. Mobile phone offences now attract double demerit points during holiday periods. Since 2016, the penalty for illegal mobile phone use while driving has been increased from three points to four points.

Roads and Maritime Services publish the following guide to double demerit periods, below:

Double demerit points apply from midnight of the start date to midnight of the finish date.

Public holiday period Double demerit periods
Australia Day 22 January to 26 January 2021
Easter 1 April to 5 April 2021
Queen’s Birthday 11 June to 14 June 2021
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day 24 December 2021 to 3 January 2022

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