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by Matt Brogan

The NSW Government is set to announce a reduction in the amount of demerit points relating to minor speeding offences within the next few days.

While the amount of points pertaining to exceeding the limit by less than 15km/h is currently three in NSW it is understood that this could be lowered to one, to bring the state in line with the Victorian system.

More then 60,000 motorists lost their licenses in NSW in 2008. Under the current system a driver can have their license cancelled if they accrue more than 12 demerit points within a two-year period.

“The overwhelming majority are P-platers because we’ve got a zero tolerance for P-platers speeding, so I can’t apologise for being tough on P-platers,” Roads Minister Michael Daley said. “Some people want me to be tougher.  I don’t know how much tougher I can be.  We want to send a message that there is no such thing as safe speeding because there isn’t. I still say losing three points for low range speeding – five, six or seven kilometres over the limit – is harsh.  It’s unfair.  I’ll be lowering that.”




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