How can you receive a demerit?

Every person starts with 0 points and the maximum permissible number of points a driver can earn is 12. A person is allowed to drive until he/she has 12 points. Every point exceeding 12 points

results in a three-month suspension of the licence.

A licence is cancelled when it has been suspended for the third time. The demerit points in respect of vehicle operators and drivers are recorded separately even if they arise out of the same incident.

Reducing Demerits:

The total number of points will be reduced by one point for every three months during which no demerit points were incurred by that person, except for when the court finds that the court process had been

deliberately delayed by that person to obtain a reduction in points.

Losing your licence:

If a person exceeds a total of twelve demerit points, that person will be disqualified from driving or operating a motor vehicle. The disqualification period equals in months the number of points by which the total of twelve is exceeded, multiplied by three.

A person who is so disqualified:

  • Must immediately hand in any driving licence or professional driving permit to the issuing authority for retention by such authority during the disqualification period or must remove the prescribed operator card from the vehicle in applicable cases; and
  • May not apply for a driving licence, professional driving permit or operator card during the disqualification period.

Any person who drives or operates a motor vehicle during his or her disqualification period is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or to both a fine and such imprisonment.

InfringementFine amountDemerit points
Licences and miscellaneous
Driving an unregistered vehicleR5001
Driving an unlicensed vehicleR5001
Driving a vehicle with licence plate not visibleR5001
Driving without a driving licenceR1,2504
Driving without a seat beltR2500
Driving under influence of intoxicating substanceDetermined by court6
Driving while holding and using a cellphoneR5001
Failing to stop
Skipping a stop sign (light vehicles)R5001
Skipping a stop sign (buses, trucks)R7502
Skipping a red light (light vehicles)R5001
Skipping a red light (buses, trucks)R7502
Failing to yield to a pedestrianR5001
Overtaking and overloading
Overtaking across a barrier line (light vehicles)R5001
Overtaking across a barrier line (buses, trucks)R7502
Overloading a vehicle with max 56,000kg combination mass by 12-13.99%R1,5005

InfringementFine amountDemerit points
81-85km/h in a 60km/h zoneR7502
100km/h+ in a 60km/h zoneDetermined by court6
106-110km/h in an 80km/h zoneR1,0003
120km/h+ in an 80km/h zoneDetermined by court6
121-125km/h in a 100km/h zoneR7502
131-135km/h in a 100km/h zoneR1,2504
140km/h+ in a 100km/h zoneDetermined by court6
131-135km/h in a 120km/h zoneR2500
141-145km/h in a 120km/h zoneR7502
151-155km/h in a 120km/h zoneR1,2504
160km/h+ in a 120km/h zoneDetermined by court6


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