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 period||Double demerit periods|
|Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day||21 December 2018 to 1 January 2019|
|Australia Day||25 January to 28 January 2019|
|Easter||18 April to 22 April 2019|
|Anzac Day||24 April to 28 April 2019|
|Queen's Birthday||7 June to 10 June 2019|
|Labour Day||4 October to 7 October 2019|
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. By law, double demerit periods must be advertised and awareness campaigns are co-ordinated with traditional enforcement and increased police numbers.
- Online television
- Social media
On the Roads and Maritime website you can search demerit point offences.