What is the offence?
It is an offence in Queensland to drive at a speed over the speed limit applying to the driver for the length of the road where the driver is driving.
The most serious speeding offence occurs where a person drives in excess of 40km/hr over the speed limit. This is known as a “high speed offence”.
What is the penalty?
The penalty will depend on how serious the speeding offence is, as follows:-
- Less than 13km/hr over the speed limit: 1 demerit point and a $146 fine
- 13 – 20km/hr over the speed limit: 3 demerit points and a $220 fine
- 20 – 30km/hr over the speed limit: 4 demerit points and a $366 fine
- 30 – 40km/hr over the speed limit: 6 demerit points and a $513 fine
- More than 40km/hr over the speed limit: 8 demerit points and a $1026 fine.
If a person is caught committing a high speed offence (more than 40km/hr over the speed limit), their licence will be suspended by the Department of Transport for a period of 6 months. It does not matter how many demerit points the driver has accumulated in the past, if any.
In addition, the accumulation of demerit points for any speeding offence can result in a person exceeding their allowed number of demerit points and their licence will be suspended by the Department of Transport. The period of suspension will depend on how many points they have accumulated in the relevant period of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My licence is going to be suspended due to a speeding offence but I need my licence to drive for work. Is there anything I can do?
A: Yes, you may be able to apply for a special hardship order. If your application is successful, you will be able to drive for work purposes. You may also be able to drive for personal reasons, if they are considered appropriate.
Please contact us if you have been charged with a speeding offence.