Demerit points scheme – encouraging safe driving From 31 January 2011, the demerit points threshold for unrestricted licence holders in NSW increased from 12 to 13 points. This means if you have an unrestricted NSW Driver Licence (not a learner or provisional licence), and you accumulate 13 demerit points, you will face a licence suspension. Professional drivers (ie those who drive for a living, such as taxi and heavy vehicle drivers) are also able to claim an additional demerit point – their threshold increased from 12 to 14 demerit points. The change recognises the additional time professional drivers spend on the roads. The extra point can only be claimed once the driver has accumulated exactly 13 demerit points and has received a suspension notice. They will then need to visit an RTA motor registry before the suspension starts, to prove their status as a professional driver. For more information about the changed demerit points thresholds, who qualifies for the professional driver status and how to prove it, go to the 31 January 2011 changes page. Demerit points for 22 offences reduced or removed From 31 December 2010, demerit points for 22 offences committed on or after this date will be reduced or removed. Roundabout/indicator offences: Road rule: 111 (1)&(2) Offence: Not enter roundabout on left (leave less than halfway) Previous Demerit: 2 Current Demerit: 0 111 (1)&(3) Not enter roundabout on right (leave more than halfway) 2 0 111 (1)&(5) Not enter roundabout in direction of traffic lane arrow 2 0 116 Not drive in roundabout in direction of traffic lane arrow 2 0 118 (2) Not stop left change of direction signal (exit roundabout) 2 0 Keep left offences: Road rule: 130 (2) Offence: Drive in right lane on road with speed limit over 80 km/h Previous Demerit: 3 Current Demerit: 2 130 (2) Disobey keep left unless overtaking 3 2 131 Not keep left of oncoming vehicle 3 2 132 (1) Not keep left of centre on two-way road 3 2 140 Overtake vehicle when unsafe 3 2 142 (1) Overtake to right of vehicle turning right/making U-Turn 3 2 144 (a) Overtake vehicle too closely 3 2 144 (b) Cut in front of vehicle after overtaking 3 2 Vehicle indicator offences: Road rule: 46 (4) Offence: Not stop left change of direction signal Previous Demerit: 2 Current Demerit: 0 48 (4) Not stop right change of direction signal 2 0 Rule 51 Operate indicator light contrary to permitted use 2 0 Dedicated lane offences: Road rule: 154 Offence: Drive in bus lane Previous Demerit: 3 Current Demerit: 1 155 Drive in tram lane 3 0 157 Drive in truck lane 3 0 157-1 Drive in a T-Way 3 1 More information: RTA website. Justus.