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Demerit points scheme is simplified and broadened – October 2019

Information about changes to streamline the demerit points system in 2019.

Friday 8 November 2019 at 12:00 am

From 29 October 2019, the demerit point scheme no longer requires a driver to serve a demerit point suspension after the driver has served any other period of licence cancellation or suspension. That is, both suspensions can be served concurrently. 

Also, demerit point suspensions can be backdated so that the demerit point suspension starts on the same date as another licence cancellation or suspension for an unrelated driving offence.

A driver who takes the option when they accumulate too many demerit points will have their licence suspended for twice as long as it would otherwise have been if, within the 12 month extended period they:

  • get one or more demerit points, or
  • have their licence cancelled or suspended for another offence. 

If a driver accumulates too many demerit points and their licence has already been suspended or cancelled, VicRoads will suspend the driver's licence or permit for the exceeding their quota of demerit points. The driver will not have the option of extending the demerit point period. 

See How demerit suspension fits with other penalties.