Speeding and drink driving may be well known as the fastest ways to lose your license, but there are quite a few lesser known offences that could see you walking to work.
Not only can drivers be penalised for not wearing a seatbelt, but they could also lose demerit points and be slapped with a fine if their passengers don’t buckle up.
In NSW, a driver with two or more passengers who are not wearing seatbelts will be subject to a six demerit point deduction, or 12 points during double demerit periods, and fines of up to $1422 for four unrestrained passengers.
Speeding and drink driving may be well known as the fastest ways to lose your license but there are quite a few lesser known ways that will see you walking to work just as quickly (stock image)
Using your mobile phone while driving is also a sure-fire way to lose demerit points. The offence is illegal across all states and territories.
Earlier this month, the penalty in NSW was increased to five demerit points, or 10 during double demerit periods, while in Victoria and the ACT you will be hit with a four point deduction.
In Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory it is three points.
Speeding will result in a deduction of between one and eight demerit points depending on the speed the vehicle is travelling.
For example, in Queensland, a driver caught speeding 40km/h over the limit will automatically receive an eight demerit point deduction and a license suspension of six months.
Driving a vehicle fitted with a ‘speed evasion article,’ referring to devices which detect or interfere with speed cameras, is also illegal and will result in a nine demerit point deduction in NSW along with a $1757 fine.
Across all states and territories L plate and P plate license holders start with a lower demerit point total, meaning they can quickly lose their license for committing an offence
Motorbike riders who do not wear helmets will be subject to steep fines and demerit points and, similar to drivers with unbuckled passengers, they are also responsible for any passengers also not wearing a helmet.
Across all states and territories L plate and P plate license holders start with a lower demerit point total, meaning they can quickly lose their license for committing an offence.
Those driving on P1 and P2 licenses are also subject to extra rules relating to the types of vehicles they are allowed to drive, such as being banned from driving high performance vehicles, and the number of passengers they can carry.