Traffic rules are strictly enforced for safety reasons.
Most accidents that occur could have been prevented if both parties had paid more attention to the road and followed traffic laws. If you exceed the speed limit or drive carelessly, you put yourself and others on the road in danger.
Any of these actions will likely get you pulled over by law enforcement. If that happens, you will be fined and get a point added to your licence for violating traffic results. The extent of both largely depend on how serious the violation is. A penalty for drink driving will be much harsher than barely going over the speed limit.
Here is a list of common demerit point offences in Western Australia:
Speeding over the limit: 2 to 20 points depending on how much you go over
Driving without a seatbelt: 11 points
Using a mobile phone while driving: 8 points
Failure to yield to a pedestrian crossing: 8 points
Running a red light: 6 points
Failure to stop at a stop sign: 6 points
In either case, it is important to adhere to adhere to all traffic rules when driving. A single offence won’t likely hurt you too much but get too many of them and you could lose your licence. If you have any minor traffic offences on your licence, one question you might have is whether that will affect your ability to rent a car.
Not being able to could throw a wrench into your holiday plans if you plan to rent. Here are additional details about renting a car with demerit points on your licence.
Hiring a Car With Demerit Points
Rental agencies understand that many motorists don’t have perfect scores on their licence.
But as long as you still have an active licence with only minor offences on your record, then you should still be able to hire a car without any problems. If you are still worried, the best course of action is to simply call ahead of time to ask. Explain your situation and the agent will be able to help you over the phone and check whether you can rent a car.
However, it may be harder to rent a car for more serious offences such as drink driving or driving without insurance. The reason is simply because you are perceived as a threat but there are usually some exceptions though. For example, if either of these offences occurred many years ago and your record has been clean since then, you may still be able to rent a car without any issues.
If you are not sure if you can hire a car in Perth, simply give us a call and we will be happy to help. Be sure to let us know briefly about your driving record and whether you have had any offences over the last few months. If they are nothing serious then you can likely still be able to rent a car from us without any problems.