Learner drivers and demerit points

To help reduce young driver deaths on our roads, learner licence holders are included in the demerit points scheme.

The allocation of demerit points for certain traffic offences is designed to encourage safe and responsible driving.

The majority of drivers, including learners, are able to drive safely and in accordance with the law. However, drivers under 20 years of age continue to be over-represented in road crashes. The inclusion of learner licence holders in the demerit points scheme will further encourage safe driving by young people and help reduce the trauma caused by road crashes to individuals and their families and friends.

Licence suspension or refusal

If you commit enough demerit point offences within a 3 year period that you reach or go over 4 demerit points, your learner licence will be suspended, or we will refuse to renew it, for 3 months.

Heavy penalties, including a jail sentence and disqualification from driving, may be imposed by a court if you are convicted of driving while your licence is suspended or refused.

Speeding offences

All speeding offences committed by a learner attract at least 4 demerit points.

This means that if you commit any speeding offence while on your learner licence, you'll be suspended, or we'll refuse to renew your learner licence, for 3 months.

Excess speed offences

You can also lose your licence for higher levels of speeding. An additional 3 month suspension applies if you exceed the speed limit by more than 30 km/h, and a 6 month suspension applies for speeding by more than 45 km/h.

Police can also suspend and confiscate your licence at the roadside for speeding more than 30 km/h over the limit or if you drive without a supervisor.

Appeals

As a learner driver, you have the right to appeal to a local court the decision to suspend or refuse a licence under the demerit points or excessive speed schemes.

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