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  • Speeding Penalties in New South Wales (NSW)

    Despite the hard legislation against traffic violations and speeding, it continues to be a menace to society. The NSW Road Transport Act of 2013 regulates the use of vehicles in public or even private areas and stipulates heavy fines in the case of a breach.

    It is a serious offence to be caught driving above the speed limits depending on your license category. If you are caught driving at "inappropriate speeds", the Police officer may impose penalties there. The type of penalties imposed include fines, license suspension and a possible jail term.

    If you challenge the penalties in court and win, the penalty will not stand. However, if you lose, the conditions may even become stiffer.

    In most instances, speeding offences that have a court imposed penalty will show up on a person's national police check NSW certificate and are disclosed in accordance with the spent convictions rules of NSW.

    What are the Penalties for Speeding Offences?

    The penalties you get if you are caught speeding usually varies from those stipulated in the Act due to some factors. It is usually these conditions that tell the circumstances around the offence.

    The factors are;

    • By how much over the speed limit the driver/rider was travelling;
    • The type of vehicle the person was driving; Light, Medium or Heavy Vehicles measured in Tonnes;
    • The types of license they hold; Provisional, Learners permit, P1, P2, Full license Holders, and co.
    • If the double merits apply;
    • Whether the case is dealt with by a penalty notice in court.

    What are the Penalty notices for speeding in NSW?

    The Road Traffic Act in NSW advises the following penalties for Traffic Offenders in NSW. However, the severity of the punishments depends on;

    The vehicle they were driving and any of the factors listed above.


    Penalties for Holders of a Learner, P1 or P2 License

    Most Learners will get a compulsory license suspension of three months in addition to other penalties for their offences.

    1. If they exceed the speed limit by not more than 10km/h, they will get punishments of;
    • 4 demerit points;
    • Fines of $123 for light vehicles, $360 for medium and heavy vehicles,
    • A minimum suspension period of 3 months by the RTA or RMS

    If they exceed the speed limit by not more than 10km/h in a school zone;

    They will get punishments of;

    • 5 demerit points;
    • $203 for Light vehicles;
    • Minimum license suspension of 3 months.

    1. Between 10km/h and 20km/h;

    Punishments of

    • 4 Demerit points;
    • $285 for Drivers of light vehicles;
    • Minimum license suspension of 3 months.

    If the offence was in a school zone;

    • 5 demerit points;
    • $365 for Drivers of light vehicles;
    • Minimum license suspension of 3 months.

    1. Speed limits over 20km/h but less than 30 km/h;
    • 4 demerit point loss;
    • Fines of 489 for light vehicles;
    • Minimum license suspension of 3 months.

    If such offence was in a school zone;

    • 5 demerit points;
    • Fines of $609;
    • Minimum license suspension of 3 months.

    1. Speed limits greater than 30km/h but less than 45km/h
    • 5 demerit point loss;
    • Fines of $935;
    • Minimum license suspension of 3 months by the Police

    If the offence was in a school zone;

    • 6 demerit points;
    • Fines of $1179;
    • 3 months license suspension by the Police.

    1. Speed limits above 45km/h
    • 6 demerit points;
    • Fines of $2520;
    • 6 months automatic suspension by the Police.

    If the offence was in a school zone;

    • 7 demerit points on the license;
    • Fines of $2676;
    • Automatic Police suspension of 6 months.

    Penalties for Speeding in NSW for full license Holders

    As a full license holder, the state expects you to have a better grip of your vehicle as well as the law that guides traffic in NSW.

    A full license Holder will receive the following penalties for the offence of driving at speed limits above;

    1. Driving at 10km/h;
    • 1 demerit point to your license;
    • Fines of $123 for light vehicles;
    • No license suspension is imposed.

    If the Speeding offence was in a school zone, it will attract harder penalties;

    • 2 Demerit Points;
    • Fines of $203.

    1. Driving between 10 and 20km/h
    • 3 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of $285;
    • No license suspension is imposed.

    For such speeding offence committed in a School Zone;

    • 4 demerit point loss;
    • Fines of $365.

    1. Driving over 20km/h but less than 30km/h;
    • 4 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of $489;
    • No license suspension is imposed.

    For such speeding offence committed in a school zone;

    • 5 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of $609.

    1. Driving between 30km/h to 45km/h
    • 5 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of $935;
    • Minimum license suspension of 5 months.

    If the driving offence was in a school zone;

    • 6 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of $1179;
    • Minimum license disqualification of 3 months.

    1. Driving over 45km/h
    • 6 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of up to $2520;
    • Minimum license suspension of 6 months.

    If such a speeding offence is committed in a school zone

    The Penalties are;

    • 7 demerit points to your license;
    • Fines of up to $2676;
    • Minimum license disqualification of 6 months.

    What Penalties are imposed in court?

    If you are caught driving above the speed limit, you will be charged to court if you refuse/contest the penalties imposed by the RTA/RMS or the Police.

    The Court in NSW will impose the following penalties for these traffic offences;


    Exceeding the speed limit by (10 - 30) km/h

    • The court imposes maximum fines of 20 penalty units (light vehicles);

    However, depending on other circumstances, they may or may not impose a license disqualification.


    For Speeding offences between (30 - 45)km/h;

    The court will impose penalties of;

    • 20 penalty units and a minimum license disqualification period of 3 months.

    For speeding offences more than 45km/h;

    The court imposes penalties of

    • 30 penalty Units and minimum license disqualifications period of 6 months.

    When charged to the court, the judge can make any of the following pronouncements about your appeal;

    • Uphold the appeal - The suspension period does not hold on your license. These convictions will in most circumstances show up on a police check report.
    • Reduce the suspension - The court may reduce the period of your suspension after careful considerations;
    • Dismiss the appeal - The court dismisses your appeal, and you will have to serve your period of suspension.

    What are double demerit points?

    In all announced Public holidays in New South Wales, the demerit points for offences of the following are doubled;

    • Speeding,
    • Seatbelt violations,
    • Child restraint,
    • And helmet use.

    All other offences will see a 1 demerit point added to the initial point loss.

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