Monday, April 14, 2003

Call for urgent overhaul of demerit points system

Driving Without A Licence

Justice Action is urging the NSW government to overhaul driver demerit points, with double demerits points due to begin again this Friday for the Easter holiday period. Mr No Licence said, "All these lost licences means drivers who need to work to pay mortgages take the risk of driving without a licence.

This means many thousands of unlicensed drivers on the road which is potentially dangerous. In terms of making unlicensed drivers accountable for the damage they may cause is another matter but these people end up doing Community Service Orders or jail after they are caught again." He said.

The Pedestrian Council of Australia is urging the NSW government to overhaul driver demerit points. Pedestrian council chairman Harold Scruby says more demerit points are issued for seatbelt offences than for many other driver actions that are far more dangerous. [Revenue Raising?]

Mr Scruby says Transport Minister Carl Scully should scrap the current demerit point system. "The whole system needs a complete review and we've been begging for this for years," Mr Scruby said.

Now the Minister's been reinstated, it's time to get a clean piece of paper out and start again and reappraise all these driver behaviours."After all, it's the Road Transport Authority (RTA) and Mr Scully who have promised they're going to halve the road toll by 2010."

Justice Action

By Un Licenced Driver's 14 April 03