Think twice before breaking the rules
In partnership with NSW police, we have developed the ‘Double Demerits - Enforcement' road safety campaign to encourage safe driver behaviour on our roads. The campaign reminds drivers and riders that during double demerit periods the consequences for breaking the road rules are more severe.
|Public holiday periods||Double demerit periods|
|Australia Day||25 January to 29 January 2023*|
|Easter||6 April to 10 April 2023|
|Anzac Day||21 April to 25 April 2023*|
|King's Birthday||9 June to 12 June 2023|
|Labour Day||29 September to 2 October 2023|
|Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day||22 December 2023 to 1 January 2024|
*On Friday 27 January and Monday 24 April 2023, school zones will be in operation. Drivers are reminded additional penalties can apply for certain offences committed in school zones.
The demerit point system provides an incentive for drivers to improve their driving behaviour, obey road rules and comply with NSW traffic laws. The double demerit point scheme applies for the following types of offences:
- Illegal use of mobile phones
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Riding without a helmet
Double demerit periods were introduced in 1997 in NSW. Double demerit periods are advertised to ensure community awareness of long weekend periods during which double demerit penalties apply. Awareness campaigns are coordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers.
- Online television
- Social media
The NSW Government website lets you search demerit point offences.