Drivers finding themselves on the NSW Police naughty list over this Christmas period may have more to worry about than coal in their stockings, with double demerits being issued from the 22nd of December to the 1st of January.

The demerit point system, used in NSW, promotes safe driving by attributing ‘demerit points’ to drivers guilty of driving offences.

If you accrue too many demerit points over a 3 year period, your licence may be suspended or refused renewal.

During holiday periods, demerit points are imposed at twice the regular rate.

Double demerits, this Christmas period, will apply to offences related to speeding, illegal use of mobile phones, not wearing a seatbelt, and riding without a helmet.  (NSW Roads & Maritime Services)

This means that, for an offence like texting or talking on the phone while driving, drivers can expect to incur 8 demerit points, which makes up more than half of the allocated threshold of 13 for unrestricted licences. (NRMA)

By law, any double demerit period must be clearly advertised so any, and all, of the information you may need is readily available on NSW Roads and Maritime Services website (

If you find yourself in trouble these holidays, do not hesitate to get advice. Our expert team of criminal lawyers is here to help. We are working all throughout January and can assist you in a range of traffic matters. Call us on 4902 3800 or email

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James Janke

James Janke

Criminal Lawyer