Demerit points are a penalty imposed when you break a road rule and are imposed in addition to a monetary fine.
- A driver with no driving offences has zero points. Demerit points are accumulated (rather than lost).
- Demerit points for driving offences range from 1 to 10 points and apply from the date of the offence. Some offences also result in a license suspension.
- Delays may occur when recording the offence details and associated demerit points e.g. due to a court process or if a traffic infringement notice is paid late.
- Demerit points are only valid for three years from the date of the offence. However, points older than three years could be counted if there are delayed by court processes e.g. an unpaid or contested fine.
- Traffic offences committed anywhere in Australia may cause demerit points to be recorded against you in Victoria.
If you receive an infringement notice in the mail and you were not the driver, it’s in your interest to nominate who was driving at the time, otherwise you will receive their demerit points.
Remember when buying or selling vehicles to advise VicRoads immediately (within 14 days by law), or you may have to explain why you should not get someone else’s points.