Demerit Points

Demerit points are accumulated and recorded on your traffic history for any traffic related offences committed in Australia.  Queensland drivers committing traffic offences interstate will have those demerit points added to their Queensland licence record.  

The Queensland government has a range of information relating to demerit points and their impact on your driver’s licence.  Follow the below link for further details.  

Queensland -  licence demerit points

The impact of accumulating demerit points varies according to the type of licence held by the driver.  A summary of those details is recorded below for your general information.  For specific information relating demerit points, follow the above link.  

Licences

Learner licence – Class C

“If 4 or more demerit points are recorded against your traffic history within a continuous 1-year period and at the time of the offence/s you held a Queensland class C learner licence, you will be sent an 'Accumulation of Demerit Points Notice of Driver Licence Suspension' advising that your driver licence will be suspended for 3 months. You will not have the option of a good driving behaviour period.”  (Ref Qld Gov’t www.tmr.qld.gov.au)

Provisional licence holders

“If four or more demerit points are recorded against your traffic history within a continuous 1-year period while you are holding a Queensland P1, P2, P type provisional or probationary licence, you will be sent an 'Accumulation of Demerit Points – Notice to Choose'.”

“This notice will advise you to choose between:

• Having your licence suspended for 3 months

or

• Agreeing to continue driving under a period of good behaviour for 1 year.

If you choose to continue driving under a period of good driving behaviour for 1 year, you may keep your current licence provided that you do not accumulate more than 1 demerit point during the 1 year period.

If you accumulate 2 or more demerit points during this period, your licence will be suspended for 6 months. This is double the suspension period that would have applied had you taken the licence suspension in the first place.” (Ref Qld Gov’t www.tmr.qld.gov.au)

If the suspension of your driver’s licence causes extreme hardship to you and your family, the legislation provides an option for you to apply for a special hardship order.  There are strict eligibility criteria for such an application which must be lodged at the Magistrates Court within defined time frames.  

Contact CLO Lawyers if you receive any notices from the Queensland government relating to the accumulation of demerit points.  Your CLO lawyer will provide you with comprehensive advice on your options and provide professional representation in court should you wish to apply for any special hardship order.

The Queensland government also provides an online service for drivers to check the amount of demerit points recorded on their driver’s licence.  Follow the link below for details.