How the demerit points system works in Singapore traffic laws?

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All new Singapore driving licence holders are issued a one-year probationary licence. This license allows a driver to chalk up to a maximum of 12 demerit points in the year. If a driver is to exceed the limit, he/she will have their driving licence revoked.

For experience drivers (after the first year), the demerit points allowable are increased to 24 points over a period of 2-years. There are 8 categories of offences that carry demerit points. They are grouped under 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 18 & 24 demerit points according to the severity of offences.

Common causes of demerit points are:

  • Exceeding speed limit for vehicle by more than 30km/h up to 40km/h: 8 pts
  • Reckless driving: 12 pts
  • Failing to stop at traffic lights: 12 pts
  • Exceeding speed limit by more than 40kmh: 12 pts
  • Failing to conform to traffic red light signals: 12 pts
  • Failing to wear seat belt: 3 pts
  • Driver failing to ensure that front/rear seat passenger wears a seat belt: 3 pts
If a child below the age of 8 years old is travelling in the front seat, a safety seat and seat belt must be used. Failure to do so will result in a fine and a loss of 3 demerit points.