Our driving licensing system works off a point balance. Drivers with no convictions have zero points. Each conviction carries a point penalty, in addition to a fine. When the amount of points accumulated within a three year period reaches a certain amount, the RTA will suspend your license. For an unrestricted license 13 points, professional drivers 14 points, for “green” Ps it is 7 points, “red” P’s and learners is 4 points.
The double demerit system has been successful in reducing the relative road fatalities by around 20%, so it would be difficult to argue against its effectiveness.
Some sobering penalties worth noting. Driving (in a double demerit period) without a seatbelt fastened will be 6 points, which is half your license, and add an unrestrained passenger will double that to 12 which is your entire license. So this Christmas, a simple mistake of having 2 people unrestrained in your car, whether a driver or not, will see your license lost.
Speeding fines have changed. The previous levels were in 15km/h increments. This is now 10km/h increments.
The abovementioned provides extra reasoning to keep your driving safe this Christmas. Enjoy the break.
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