So, riding to work today up the M2 I got pinged by Mr. Plod. Pulled me over and we had a chat about my speed. As it turned out, I was travelling at the obscene speed of 91km/h in an 80 zone, and I was to be fined. Fair cop. I was breaking the rules and I'm very happy to do the time, as it were. If you're a P plater in NSW though, I advise you to read on. As Mr. Plod was explaining the finer points of my infringment notice, he mentioned to me that I would be awarded (yes, he said that) four demerit points. I stopped him and asked why that was, as to the best of my knowledge, the over 10km/h under 20km/h bracket was a three demerit point offense. He conceeded that it was, however "as you're on your provisional license, you will accrue an additional demerit point." Now I understand that it's not the police making these rules, but excuse me, why is my license class relevant to the punishment I'm recieving? More questionably, as I have my full car license, by extension are they saying that it's less of an offence for me to speed in the car? I just don't understand. I'm not sure how well known this is, but I'm going to hedge a bet that its not a widely known fact. I try and keep on top of hte every changing road rules around here and I certainly didn't know about this. I did enquire of Mr. Plod if this added bonus extended to all traffic infringments, or just speeding. He said that to the best of his knowledge, it was only speeding, but knowing the RTA I'd say it will be for anything you can think of. tl;dr - Provisional riders, when making mental calculations on how many points you have left, remember to factor in a bonus point for all offences. It's the RTA's special gift to you, just for being you. Edit: As it turns out, the way Mr. Plod described the situation to me was, err, somewhat inaccurate. As several here have pointed out, its less of a case of an additional demerit point and more a case of the minimum penalty for L and P drivers/riders being four demerit points for speeding offenses. Thanks for the input guys, I'll keep y'all posted on my cunning plan.