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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;

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;

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

They will get punishments of;


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

Punishments of

If the offence was in a school zone;


  1. Speed limits over 20km/h but less than 30 km/h;

If such offence was in a school zone;


  1. Speed limits greater than 30km/h but less than 45km/h

If the offence was in a school zone;


  1. Speed limits above 45km/h

If the offence was in a school zone;

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;

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


  1. Driving between 10 and 20km/h

For such speeding offence committed in a School Zone;


  1. Driving over 20km/h but less than 30km/h;

For such speeding offence committed in a school zone;


  1. Driving between 30km/h to 45km/h

If the driving offence was in a school zone;


  1. Driving over 45km/h

If such a speeding offence is committed in a school zone

The Penalties are;

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

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;


For speeding offences more than 45km/h;

The court imposes penalties of


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

What are double demerit points?

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

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

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