Queensland drivers start with zero demerit points on their drivers licence and only accumulate points if they receive a fine for committing a driving offence (such as speeding). Demerit points in QLD apply from the date the driver commits the offence but are only recorded once the fine has been paid, referred to the SPER for non-payment or has been dealt with by the Court.
Drivers licence types and demerit points in QLD
The maximum demerit points allowed to be accumulated depends on the licence type a driver holds.
- Learner licence holders can not accumulate 4 or more points in a 12-month period without penalty. This would result in an ‘Accumulation of Demerit Points Notice of Driver Licence Suspension’ advising the driver of a 3-month licence suspension.
- Provisional licence holders (P1, P2, P type provisional or Probationary licence) that accumulate 4 or more demerit points in a 12-month period will be sent an ‘Accumulation of Demerit Points – Notice to Choose’. The choice being between a 3-month suspended licence or a 1-year period of good behaviour*.
- Open licence holders that accumulate 12 or more points in a 3-year period will be sent an ‘Accumulation of Demerit Points – Notice to Choose’. The choice being between a 3-month suspended licence or a 1-year period of good behaviour*. Open licence holders may receive a warning letter after accumulating 7 demerit points in a 3-year period.
* If 2 or more points are accumulated within the 1-year period of good the penalty is a 6-month licence suspension.
Demerit points QLD schedule
Types of driving offences and typical demerit points applied are listed below:
- Drivers licence offences – 1 to 4 demerit point depending on offence specifics.
- Driving offences – Up to 8 points for driving 40 km/hr over the speed limit and as low as 1 point for lights / headlight offences.
Vehicles that you can be fined in while driving are broad and include bicycles, quad bikes, utility off-road vehicles, trucks and even emergency vehicles.
Special Hardship and Work Licence orders
A driver can apply for a special hardship order if they believe they need to continue driving. Situations that might qualify a driver for this order are:
- Extreme hardship, where suspension would deprive them a means of earning a living, or
- Severe hardship that will impact their family other than depriving them a means to earn a living.
A special hardship order application must be lodged with the Magistrate’s court with 21 days of licence suspension. This application and supporting evidence will also need to be lodged with QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads at least 7 days before the court hearing date.
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