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DEMERIT POINTS.   DAMN IT !

We cover all the small tricks you need to know.

We set out the schedule below for the specific offences which attract demerit points and the demerit points for each of those offences.

A few points to note first.

1.    If you build up a total of 100 or more demerit points within 2 years, you will be disqualified from driving for 3 months. So that you will know your licence is in danger of being suspended, a letter will be sent to you when you have 50 or more demerit points.

You can, however, still be disqualified if you don’t receive this letter.

2.    If you are disqualified from driving for less than 6 months by a Court, you will have demerit points added to any previous demerit points on your record.

3.    If you are disqualified by a Court for 6 months or more, any previous demerit points will be cleared from your record. Demerit points will also be removed if:

  •  you have not offended for 2 years, or
  •  you are suspended from driving through the demerit system

4.    You are not suspended from driving until you are visited by an authorised officer who:

  •  gives you a letter, and
  •  takes your licence

5.    If you are guilty of the last speeding charge but you wish to avoid the entry of demerit points against you (and therefore a period of disqualification) then when you receive the speeding ticket you should write in to the Court and say that you will want to plead guilty but you wish to be heard by the Court on penalty.

Then either go to the Court yourself, or hire a lawyer, and go to Court and try and persuade the Court to discharge you without conviction.    This means you will avoid demerit points.  &nbs

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