Demerit points and offences
The Police regularly patrol the roads to deter and detect dangerous driving. There are heavy penalties, including demerit points, fines and on-the-spot licence suspensions, for drivers who break the law.
Penalties for driver licence disqualification are changing in late 2017, to reduce unauthorised driving. Find out more about the disqualification reforms. Changes are coming for L, P1 and P2 drivers - find out how this will affect you.
Driver licence disqualification reforms
Changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme from 20 November 2017
Penalties for driver licence disqualification are changing in late 2017, to reduce unauthorised driving. Find out more about the disqualification reforms.
Changes are coming for L, P1 and P2 drivers - find out how this will affect you.
In this section...
How demerit points work, what happens if you reach your limit, double demerit periods and more.
Reasons why your licence might be suspended or disqualified, and what happens next.
Penalties for people who repeatedly commit serious offences.
Offences related to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and information on the Interlock and Sober Driver Programs.
Speeding, over-dimension and other offences applying to heavy vehicle drivers.
Helmet and other offences that apply to motorcycle riders and passengers.
Penalties for the more serious driving offences, including negligent, reckless and furious driving, as well as failing to stop or give assistance in case of an accident.
Offences and penalties related to seat belts and child restraints.
Speeding is the most common contributing factor to road fatalities in NSW. Heavy penalties apply for speeding offences.
Tough measures to combat anti-social and dangerous street racing and hoon behaviours, including number plate and vehicle confiscation.
Fines apply to uncovered and unsecured loads on NSW roads.
Heavy penalties apply for driving without a licence, or driving a type of vehicle that you're not licensed for.