Aussie drivers warned FIVE days of double demerits start TODAY for the Queen’s national day of mourning
- Double demerits will apply in NSW and the ACT from Wednesday until Sunday
- Anthony Albanese has announced a public holiday Thursday for the Queen
- Western Australia will have double demerits from Friday until Monday
- The other states and territories will not have double demerits for the weekend
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A decision to bring in double demerit points on some Australian roads ahead of the national day of mourning for the Queen has been labelled ‘heavy handed’.
Double demerits will apply for five days from 12am on Wednesday September 21 until 11:59pm on Sunday September 25 for NSW and ACT roads.
NSW Roads Minister Natalie Ward said the announcement of the public holiday on Thursday by the Commonwealth automatically triggered the increase under NSW law.
Double demerits have been brought in from Wednesday through to Sunday on NSW and ACT roads (file image)
DOUBLE DEMERITS ON THURSDAY
NSW AND ACT: From 12am on Wednesday September 21 until 11:59 on Sunday September 25.
WA: Not on Thursday but from 12:01 on Friday September 23 until 11:59 on Monday September 26 for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
QUEENSLAND: Double demerits apply year round for a second offence within 12 months.
VICTORIA, TASMANIA, SA, AND NT: Do not have double demerits.
‘That’s the normal course for public holidays so close to the weekend,’ Ms Ward told 2GB.
But host Ben Fordham questioned whether Australians getting stung with tougher road penalties was what Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had in mind when he announced the day.
‘Why would they be slapping double demerits on on a day which is dedicated to respecting Queen Elizabeth II?’ Ben said.
‘I’m not sure that that’s what the Prime Minister meant when he said we were going to observe a national day of mourning.
‘That seems heavy-handed to me.’
Drivers similarly erupted on social media: ‘Why should one day of mourning bring on double demerits? This is a money spinner.’ one wag said.
Another said: ‘NSWGovt are opportunists with the #doubledemerits’.
But Ms Ward argued the main priority was safety and ensuring everyone has trouble free long weekend.
She added that with school holidays starting on Monday, there would be an increase in cars on the road from Thursday as people take extra long holidays.
‘I recognise it’s a sombre occasion but it’s a public holiday like any other,’ she said.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced a national day of mourning for the Queen on Thursday
DOUBLE DEMERIT POINTS IN NSW:
Exceed the speed limit by 10km/h and under (2 points)
Exceed the speed limit by over 10km/h (6 points)
Exceed the speed limit by over 20km/h (8 points)
Exceed the speed limit by over 30km/h (10 points)
Exceed the speed limit by over 45km/h (12 points)
Driver not wearing his/her own seatbelt (6 points)
Driver penalty for each passenger not wearing a seatbelt (6 points)
Rider on a motorcycle not wearing his/her own helmet (6 points)
Rider penalty for passenger on a motorcycle not wearing a helmet (6 points)
Using a mobile phone while driving (8 points)