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Double demerit points

In Queensland, double demerit points apply all year round.

Unlike other states and territories, in Queensland double demerit points do not only apply during holiday periods.

People who repeatedly commit specific offences will receive double demerit points for the second or subsequent offence if the later offence was committed within 12 months of an earlier offence. This doesn’t just apply during holiday periods, but at any time of the year.

Note: If you are a Queensland licence holder and commit a traffic offence anywhere in Australia, demerit points may be applied and recorded on your traffic history as if the offence was committed in Queensland.

If you get too many demerit points, your driver licence could be suspended.

Types of offences

Double demerit points are applied for certain second or subsequent offences committed within 1 year of the previous offence.

This includes:

  • offences for speeding more than 20km/h over the speed limit
  • mobile phone offences
  • driver seatbelt offences
  • motorcycle helmet offences.

You don’t have to commit the same offence a second or subsequent time to receive double demerit points—the offence only needs to be within the same offence group.

Examples

Example 1: learner licence

If, as a learner licence holder, you committed the offence of using a mobile phone while driving, you would receive 3 demerit points.

If you then committed a second mobile phone offence within 1 year, you would receive 3 demerit points for the second offence, plus another 3 demerit points because the second offence was committed within 1 year of the first offence.

In total, 6 demerit points would be added to your traffic history for the second offence, which would result in a driver licence suspension.

Example 2: provisional licence

If, as a provisional licence holder, you committed the offence of failing to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, quad bike or utility off-road vehicle, you would receive 3 demerit points.

If you then committed a second motorcycle helmet offence within 1 year (e.g. failed to wear a helmet or failed to ensure a passenger wore a helmet), you would receive 3 demerit points for the second offence, plus another 3 demerit points because the second offence was committed within 1 year of the first offence.

In total, 6 demerit points would be added to your traffic history for the second offence, which would result in an 'Accumulation of demerit points – notice to choose' being sent to you.

Example 3: open licence

If, as an open licence holder, you committed a speeding offence of driving at 25km/h over the speed limit, you would receive 4 demerit points.

If you then committed a second speeding offence of driving at 32km/h over the speed limit within 1 year, you would receive 6 demerit points for the second offence, plus another 6 demerit points because the second offence was committed within 1 year of the first offence.

In total, 12 demerit points would be added to your traffic history for the second offence, which would result in an 'Accumulation of demerit points – notice to choose' being sent to you.