I posted on another thread that I think the UK penalties for driving offences is more severe than in Australia. So I thought I would ask for a comparison. Just recently I've been watching a real life police series that was filmed in Bendigo and was astonished by some of the penalties that seemed lenient to me. Just for those that don't know, we have a points system on our licences, if you reach 12, you get a driving ban. If you are a new driver, you only get up to 6 for the first two years. I'll start with a common gripe. Use of a mobile phone/device while driving = 3 points £100 ($194) fine Not wearing a seatbelt = 0 points £100 fine Speeding -= For just over the speed limit 3 points £100 fine, for quite a bit over the fine could be up to £2500 ($4850). If you're caught more than 30mph over the limit, expect a 6-12 month ban. Drink Driving = an instant ban of at least 12 months and several hundred in fines. Driving while banned = Instant arrest, extended ban and more fines. Get caught a couple more times and it'll be a few months in clinky. Even eating at the wheel will get you 3 points and a £100 fine. I realise that some States in Australia may have different laws.