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Worried about losing your licence because of the accumulation of demerit points?

 

In Queensland, licence holders who accumulate a certain number of demerit points within a certain timeframe must be given the option of choosing to be on a good driving behaviour period for 1 year, as opposed to having their licence suspended. Queensland Transport sends out a letter called ‘Accumulation of Demerit Points – Notice to Choose’.

Drivers who want to choose the option of being on the good driving behaviour must notify Queensland Transport of this within the time frame provided.

What is deemed to be good driving?

Not accumulating more than 1 demerit point during the 1 year good driving behaviour period.

When will a Notice to Choose be sent to a person?

Below are the circumstances when Queensland Transport must give a licence holder the option of choosing a good driving behaviour period.

 

Open Licence

(1) The person holds an open licence; and

(2) 12 or more demerit points are recorded on the person’s traffic history; and

(3) the demerit points were allocated in a continuous 3-year period, and during any part of the period the person held a Queensland driver licence.

Provisional/Probationary Licence

(1) 4 or more demerit points are recorded on a person’s traffic history; and

(2) The demerit points were allocated in a continuous 1-year period; and

(3) During any part of the period the person held a learner, P1 type, P2 type or P type licence, or a driver licence granted outside Queensland that corresponds to a learner, P1 type, P2 type or P type licence, but did not hold an O type licence; and

(4) The person holds a Queensland driver licence.

No Driver Licence

(1) 4 or more demerit points are recorded on a person’s traffic history; and

(2) The demerit points were allocated in a continuous 1-year period while the person did not hold a driver licence; and

(3) The person holds a Queensland driver licence.

PLEASE NOTE the following persons will not be sent the Notice to Choose the good driving behaviour period

  • Persons who have a s79E Order driver licence.
  • A person who is subject to a Special Hardship Order.

What happens if you do not choose the good driving behaviour period?

Your licence will be suspended for the requisite suspension period starting on the sanction day.

What happens if you accumulate 2 or more demerit points during the good driving behaviour period?

Your licence will be suspended for double the requisite suspension period.

You may be able to apply to the Court to make an application for a Special Hardship Order to allow you to continue driving. There are certain rules as to who can and cannot apply for a Special Hardship Order.

Call Craven Lawyers Brisbane Now on (07) 3172 7100 and talk to one of our traffic lawyers today. 

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