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Penalties for speeding offences can be small compared to other driving charges. These penalties can quickly get more serious, however, if you were over the speed limit by a large amount.

Note that the penalties for speeding offences have recently changed. Even though some speeding offences result in a suspension, in some circumstances there may be avenues for appeal to avoid or reduce a license suspension.

Fines and demerit points

Current penalties for speeding offences for standard light vehicles are:

Exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h or less:

Demerit points (full licence) 1 (or 2 if in a school zone)
Demerit points (L, P1 or P2) 4 (or 5 if in a school zone)
Fine $90 (or $150 if in a school zone)
Minimum suspension Nil
Habitual offender list No

Exceeding the speed limit by 11km/h to 20km/h:

Demerit points (full licence) 3 (or 4 if in a school zone)
Demerit points (L, P1 or P2) 4 (or 5 if in a school zone)
Fine $211 (or $271 if in a school zone)
Minimum suspension Nil
Habitual offender list No

Exceeding the speed limit by 21km/h to 30km/h:

Demerit points (full licence) 4 (or 5 if in a school zone)
Demerit points (L, P1 or P2) 4 (or 5 if in a school zone)
Fine $361 (or $451 if in a school zone)
Minimum suspension Nil
Habitual offender list No

Exceeding the speed limit by 31km/h to 45km/h:

Demerit points (full licence) 5 (or 6 if in a school zone)
Demerit points (L, P1 or P2) 5 (or 6 if in a school zone)
Fine $692 (or $872 if in a school zone)
Minimum suspension 3 months
Habitual offender list No

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h:

Demerit points (full licence) 6 (or 7 if in a school zone)
Demerit points (L, P1 or P2) 6 (or 7 if in a school zone)
Fine $1,865 (or $1,987 if in a school zone)
Minimum suspension 6 months
Habitual offender list Yes

Note that high-range speeding offences may also result in other stand-alone charges such as dangerous driving or street racing.

Loss of license for excessive speeding

Automatic disqualification period apply for speeding more than 30km/h over the limit (even if the speeding does not result in a loss of points which causes you to exceed the allowable number of points over a three year period). Applicable suspension periods are:-

  • Speeding over 30km/h but less than 45km/h: 3 months disqualification;
  • Speeding over 45km/h: 6 months disqualification.
 

High-range speeding offences may also result in other stand-alone charges such as dangerous driving or street racing.

Speeding more than 45kh/h over the speed limit is an offence on the habitual offender list, which provides for greater penalties for drivers with three major offences in a five year period.

Speed cameras and radar

Contact LAC Lawyers on 1300 309 551 if you do not believe your speed has been accurately recorded. The Police have to follow strict procedures regarding speed recording, and a failure to follow these procedures may give you grounds to contest a speeding charge.

Traffic Lawyers for Speeding Offences

LAC Lawyers have a team of lawyers with the experience in traffic law cases that you need to get the best outcome. The following is a selection of our practicing traffic lawyers.

 

How LAC Lawyers can help

Call LAC Lawyers on 1300 309 551 for assistance in your matter. We can represent you regarding any licence appeals and to advise whether there are reasonable prospects of you retaining your licence.

If you have been charged with a speeding offence, you need the best legal assistance available. LAC Lawyers offer fixed fee legal representation for all traffic law matters. Call today on 1300 309 551 for advice and representation.

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The Criminal Aftermath of Drink Driving: Penalties and Sentences

Date: September 22, 2005
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