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RAA’s here to help on a wide range of motoring and road rule issues, and RAA members have access to free information on motoring-related matters. 
 
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A few of the ways we can help

We can provide information on a number of topics, including:

  • general road rules
  • licence and registration queries
  • traffic offences 
  • what to do after a crash

View answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

While our staff can provide information on motoring and road rules, we can't provide legal advice. Free legal advice is available by calling the Legal Services Commission on 1300 366 424

Expiation notices (fines) and demerit points

How does the demerit points system work?

If you commit a traffic offence you may accumulate demerit points even if the offence was committed interstate.
Demerit points stay on your licence record for three years from the date of the offence.

If a full licence holder accumulates 12 or more demerit points they are disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence or permit.

Drivers who accumulate:

  • 12 to 15 points lose their right to drive for three months
  • 16 to 20 points lose their right to drive for four months
  • more than 20 points lose their right to drive for five months


Drivers on a learner’s permit or provisional licence who accrue four or more demerit points will be disqualified from driving for 6 months.

If you have questions about an expiation notice you’ve received, or you have a query on Australian Road Rules, call RAA's Motoring Road Rules consultants on 8202 4570.

Check out some of the most common traffic offences to see the cost in fines and demerit points

  • Speeding fines

    Speeding fines

    Offence Expiation fee  Victims of Crime Levy  Demerit points 
    By less than 10km/h $177 $60 2 points
    By 10km/h but less than 20km/h $398 $60 3 points
    By 20km/h but less than 30km/h $810 $60 5 points
    By 30km/h or more $1,472 $60 7 points
    By 45km/h or more*  $1,658 $60 9 points

    *Exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h also incurs a six month on the spot licence disqualification and the Police may also wheel clamp or impound the offender's vehicle.

  • Disobeying traffic lights

    Disobeying traffic lights

    Offence Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy Demerit Points
    Failing to stop for a red traffic light $487 $60 3 points

  • Driving an unregistered vehicle

    Driving an unregistered vehicle

    Offence  Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy  Demerit Points
    Driving unregistered vehicle $411 $60 N/A
    Driving uninsured vehicle (CTP)* $761 $60 N/A

    *CTP is payable with your vehicle registration. If you fail to pay your registration on time, you have a 31-day grace period, after which your vehicle becomes uninsured.

  • Seatbelts/mobile phones

    Seatbelts/mobile phones

    Failing to wear your own seatbelt as a driver, or ensuring passengers are restrained (adults or children)
    Offence Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy Demerit Points
    Driver failing to wear seatbelt $381 $60 3 points
    One passenger unrestrained $381 $60 3 points
    More than one passenger unrestrained $449 $60 5 points

     

    Using a mobile phone
    Offence Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy Demerit Points
    Using mobile phone $534 $60 3 points

Speeding fines

Offence Expiation fee  Victims of Crime Levy  Demerit points 
By less than 10km/h $177 $60 2 points
By 10km/h but less than 20km/h $398 $60 3 points
By 20km/h but less than 30km/h $810 $60 5 points
By 30km/h or more $1,472 $60 7 points
By 45km/h or more*  $1,658 $60 9 points

*Exceeding the speed limit by 45km/h also incurs a six month on the spot licence disqualification and the Police may also wheel clamp or impound the offender's vehicle.

Disobeying traffic lights

Offence Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy Demerit Points
Failing to stop for a red traffic light $487 $60 3 points

Driving an unregistered vehicle

Offence  Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy  Demerit Points
Driving unregistered vehicle $411 $60 N/A
Driving uninsured vehicle (CTP)* $761 $60 N/A

*CTP is payable with your vehicle registration. If you fail to pay your registration on time, you have a 31-day grace period, after which your vehicle becomes uninsured.

Seatbelts/mobile phones

Failing to wear your own seatbelt as a driver, or ensuring passengers are restrained (adults or children)
Offence Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy Demerit Points
Driver failing to wear seatbelt $381 $60 3 points
One passenger unrestrained $381 $60 3 points
More than one passenger unrestrained $449 $60 5 points

 

Using a mobile phone
Offence Expiation Fee Victims of Crime Levy Demerit Points
Using mobile phone $534 $60 3 points

Road rules tips

Find out more in samotor –
 the RAA magazine

What to do after a crash?

It’s hard not to panic when you’ve been in a car crash, but there’s some important information you should get while at the scene.

What to do after a fine?

Can’t pay a fine on time? What to do and how to avoid extra penalties.

Why you should buckle up?

You already know it’s a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt, but did you know it can double your chance of surviving a serious crash?

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RAA members have access to free information on motoring-related matters.

Remember to have your RAA member number handy.

While our staff can provide information on motoring and road rules, we can't provide legal advice. Free legal advice is available by calling the Legal Services Commission on 1300 366 424.