Once a speeding offense is committed, a corresponding penalty is imposed on the offender. The penalty for the speeding offence may be demerit points, expiation fees, loss of driver’s license or disqualification from driving depending on the gravity of the speeding offence.
In cases where the speeding offence resulted to grievous bodily harm or death, a penalty of imprisonment will be meted to the offender.
The penalty of demerit points can be reduced if the speeding offence committed is minor. However, asking to reduce the demerit points will have to be done through the court and a court record will be made. A person who has incurred more than the applicable demerit points on his type of license can file an appeal provided that no appeal has been previously made in the last five years and the license is provisional or probationary.
Driving at 45 km/hour or more above the speed limit can result to an automatic loss of license for six months, six demerit points and expiation fees. A person found to have committed a speeding offence can appeal the disqualification with the Court, enter into a Safer Driver Agreement or choose the ‘Good Behaviour’ Option.
There are certain conditions that must be complied with whenever entering into a Safer Driver Agreement or going for the ‘Good Behaviour’ Option. For example, incurring a total of four demerit points after entering into a Safer Driver Agreement will lead to a disqualification from driving for 12 months. Also, an offender cannot enter into a Safer Driver Agreement if one has already been entered into within the last five years.
As for the ‘Good Behaviour’ Option, a person who has chosen this must not incur two or more demerit points during the 12 months of good behaviour period or else he will be disqualified from driving for twice the original disqualification period.
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