Friday 25 September, 2020

12 traffic offences that can cause you to lose your licence

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that six demerit points would lead to disqualification. It has been updated to reflect that under the new system, seven demerit points for newly licensed drivers and ten demerit points for drivers holding a licence for a period longer than a year could lead to disqualification.


The Demerit Points System is expected to be launched in September.

In addition to existing penalties under the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act Chap 48:50, traffic offences and violations will carry prescribed demerit points when the new system is brought on stream. Amendments to the Act also provide for the implementation of a red-light camera system.

Demerit points will be documented on a driving permit record by the Licensing Authority. Through the accumulation of these points, motorists can be disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving permit for a period stated in the amendments to the Act.

Just seven demerit points can cause a new driver to lose their licence, while it's ten points for holders of permits for more than a year.

Here are some offences which can cause motorists to have their licences taken away for up to a year, according to the Act:

1. Using a wireless communication device to view, send or compose an electronic message while driving or having charge of a vehicle carries a fixed penalty fine of $1,000 and the award of six demerit points.

2. Driving while disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving permit will see the award of 14 demerit points

3. Offences of driving instructor carries a fine of $2000 and nine demerit points

4. Exceeding the specified speed limit by 31 km or more per hour carries a fixed penalty fine of $3000 and six demerit points

5. Motor racing and speed trials between motor vehicles without permission carries a $1000 and six demerit points

6. Driving when under the influence of drug will attract nine demerit points

7. Driving or being in charge of a vehicle while blood alcohol levels exceed prescribed limit – nine demerit points

8. Failure to provide a specimen of breath or blood – 14 demerit points

9. Failure to submit breath analysis or willful alternation of concentration of alcohol in his breath or blood – 14 demerit points

10. Careless driving – six demerit points

11. Failure to produce a vehicle for inspection/Driving a vehicle without a valid inspection sticker and certificate - $1000 fine – six demerit points

12. Use of Priority Bus Route by unauthorised vehicle - $2000, six demerit points

Motorists are reminded that they can receive several demerits at once, arising out of one incident.

For more on the Demerits Point System, visit the Ministry of Works and Transport’s website: 

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