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Speeding and Traffic Offences in the Northern Territory (NT)

Driving your car over the stated speed limits on NT roads is prosecuted as a Traffic/Speeding offence. Some other traffic offences include;

Road rules in the NT are governed by the Traffic Regulations 1999.

Criminal offences regarding road offences in the NT are governed by the Criminal Code Act 1983.

If a road offence ends up in an NT court, it will in most circumstances appear on a NT National Criminal History Check certificate.

The offence gets disclosed in accordance with the Spent Convictions Scheme of the NT.

What are the penalties for traffic offences?

There are various traffic offences listed in the Criminal Code Act. If a driver breaks any of them, the law communicates the penalties to the offenders through tickets or Infringements notice.

Speeding offences

Depending on how much you exceeded the speed limits, the court will impose the appropriate penalties.

Some other factors that influence the severity of the punishments you receive are;

Penalties for speeding offences depending on the range are;

  1. Exceeding the speed limit by up to 15km/h;

The punishments for speeding within this range above the stated speed limits are;

  1. Exceeding the speed limit between (15 – 30) km/h above the speed limit;

If you are caught driving at such speeds, the punishments stipulated by the Act are;

  1. Exceeding the speed limit between (30 – 45) km/h above the speed limit;

The stipulated punishments for such range of speeding offences are;

  1. Exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h above the speed limit;

Driving at such speeds is the most severe driving offence in NT. The State imposes the maximum punishments of;

Driving an Unregistered Vehicle in the NT

All vehicles that ride on NT roads must be registered by the owner or risk paying fines. Compulsory third-party injury insurance should follow at the same time of registration.

Driving an unregistered vehicle in the NT is an offence and will result in fines or a court summon.

The Stipulated punishments under the Act are;

Driving Without a License

The NT regulations on driving are that a driver must have their license with them at all times. If you fail to present your license when asked, you may be given an on-the-spot fine.

Failure to produce a license on request attracts fines of $100.

Furthermore, it is an offence to drive a vehicle while your license is seized, suspended, cancelled or disqualified.

Driving with an expired license within two months of expiry will attract fines of $200.

However, neither of these offences will result in a demerit point to your license.

Dangerous Driving causing Death/Harm

The offence of culpable driving as detailed in the section 174F of the Criminal Code Act includes;

Dangerous driving is defined as any of the following;

If you are charged with any of these offences, you cannot be charged for another under the same circumstance.

Serious Driving Offences

Some driving/Traffic offences are more serious and are handled in a Local Court. Whatever verdict the court gives on the offender is recorded in their national criminal history check.

The punishments for these offences can vary based on the court findings and the degree of the offence. These offences can carry punishments like;

If the court imposes a disqualification period, the offender must not operate another vehicle within that period unless they obtain special licenses.

However, a License cancellation means that the offender will have to re-apply for another license before they can ever drive.

Examples of these Serious offences are;

What are penalty units?

It is common for your Traffic tickets to contain punishments (fines) measured in penalty units. It only substitutes for the amount you are fined and can be converted through simple multiplication. The amount of a penalty unit can vary from time.

Demerit Points and Suspension periods

Each demerit point you get on your driver's license accumulates within 3 years. The limit for the demerit points a driver can get depends on the type of license they hold.

However, once this limit (demerit point) is attained, the MVR will impose a suspension period on your license. During this period, you are barred from:

The Demerit point limits are;

For an Open Driver’s License;

12 demerit points or more in any three years;


Learner of Provisional Drivers License

Suspension if;


If you reach:

Interstate or Overseas Licenses

Suspension from driving if you accumulate;

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