Article Category - Criminal Law and Traffic Offences By Shanaya Stapleton 18 March 2022

Speeding is the most common contributing factor to road fatalities in NSW. The penalties for speeding range from a fine, licence suspension or disqualification, and in repeat or serious circumstances, it can result in imprisonment.

Current penalties for speeding in NSW:

If your vehicle is detected by a fixed speed camera, red light speed camera, mobile speed camera or Police Officer and a penalty notice is issued, you will incur a fine and licence demerit points.

Learner and P1 licence holders will have their licence suspended for at least 3 months for any speeding offence. Learners and both P1 and P2 Provisional licence holders can appeal against a licence suspension to the Local Court. The Court can uphold the appeal, dismiss the appeal or reduce the suspension period. Make sure you contact us as soon as you receive the suspension notice from RMS to discuss your individual situation.

Licence suspension and disqualification periods for speeding

Licence holders may be disqualified or have their licence suspended for the following serious speeding offences:

  • Driving more than 45km/h above the speed limit - suspension or disqualification for 6 months
  • Driving more than 30km/h but not more than 45km/h above the speed limit - suspension or disqualification for 3 months.

In addition to the suspension and disqualification periods, these offences also carry demerit points which are added to the licence holder's record. If the licence holder reaches or exceeds their demerit points limit, these points may contribute to an additional suspension or refusal period under the Demerit Points Scheme.

So what should you do if you receive a fine or suspension notice?

If you have received a fine for an offence that will take you over the demerit point limit, or you have received a suspension notice from the RMS, please contact our team to discuss your options. We can help by discussing the circumstances surrounding the charge you have received, review your driving history, and help the court to understand your need for a licence before you are issued a penalty.

Please note the answers provided are for your general information only and we ask you to call our office on (02) 6331 2911 to obtain detailed legal advice for your individual situation.

Shanaya Stapleton | Solicitor