Demerit point offences

Common driving offences that incur demerit points.

If you commit a demerit point driving offence in Victoria (or an equivalent offence interstate), you’ll get:

  • a Traffic Infringement Notice from the agency who issued the infringement (e.g. Civic Compliance Victoria) with an associated fine
  • a record of the offence against your name
  • the associated number of demerit points.

If you want to contest your Traffic Infringement Notice, you’ll need to follow the instructions on the notice carefully. You may want to contact the issuing agency (e.g. Civic Compliance Victoria) directly. Visit fines.vic.gov.au to find out more.

Common demerit point offences

See below for a list of common driving offences and their associated demerit points. For a complete list of demerit point offences, you need to refer to Schedule 3 of Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009 (External link).

Common demerit point offences No. of points
  • Drink driving offences if the driver licence or learner permit has not been cancelled
10
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more*
8
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 35 km/h or more but less than 45 km/h
6
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 25 km/h or more but less than 35 km/h*
  • Level crossing offences
  • Using a mobile phone illegally while driving
  • Using a visual display unit or television illegally while driving
  • Driving a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle in contravention of maximum work requirement (critical risk offence)
  • Driving a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle in contravention of minimum rest requirement (critical risk offence)
4
  • Exceeding the speed limit by 10 km/h or more but less than 25 km/h
  • Disobeying traffic lights, signs or police or authorised person directing traffic
  • Failing to give way, or stop, or remain stopped
  • Driving without wearing an approved helmet (motorcycle), or a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt
  • Driving with an unrestrained passenger, a passenger sharing the same seat as another passenger or a passenger in or on part of the vehicle not designed for passengers or goods
  • Driving on the wrong side of double lines or divided highway or painted island
  • Risk colliding with exiting, boarding or waiting tram passengers
  • Holder of motorcycle learner permit or licence for less than 3 years riding a motorcycle that is not a learner approved motorcycle or carrying a pillion passenger
  • Driving a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle while impaired by fatigue
  • Driving a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle in contravention of maximum work requirement (severe risk offence)
  • Driving a fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle in contravention of minimum rest requirement (severe risk offence)
  • Driving contrary to a major defect notice
  • Careless driving^
  • Driving with an obscured or improperly displayed number plate
  • Failure to display P plates
  • Probationary driver who drives a probationary prohibited vehicle on a road
  • P1 probationary driver or corresponding novice driver driving a motor vehicle with more than one peer passenger
  • P1 Probationary driver previously suspended or cancelled for an offence who drives in breach of the passenger restriction required by Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2009 - Reg 60(2)
  • Driving the wrong way on a one way service road
3
  • Improper overtaking or passing
  • Turn or stop without signalling
  • Turn improperly
  • Fail to keep left
2
  • Exceed speed limit by less than 10km/h*
  • Driving contrary to a minor defect notice
  • Fail to dip headlights
  • Driving at night or in hazardous weather conditions without headlights and tail lights on
  • Follow too closely 
1

*Some speeding offences also result in a licence suspension and a requirement to complete the VicRoads Safe Driving Program.

^Careless driving offences involving improper use of a motor vehicle can result in a requirement to complete a Safe Driving Program.

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