Changes to Drink Driving Laws

  • May 28, 2019

Recent reforms relating to Drink Driving Offences in NSW have significantly changed the existing law. As of Monday, 20 May 2019 any driver, even a first time or a low range offender, will receive an immediate 3 month licence suspension in addition to a $561 fine regardless of any defence or need for their licence. Therefore, an individual with no significant traffic offences and no criminal convictions will lose their licence for registering a reading between 0.050 – 0.079. The difference between a reading under the legal limit and a low range reading can be a matter of minutes between last drinks and being tested.

Further, the maximum penalty for driving offences with illicit drugs including Low Range, Novice Range and Special Range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA) has increased from $1,100 to $2,200. In addition, the maximum penalty for a Mid-Range PCA offence has increased from $2,200 and/or 9 months imprisonment to $3,300 and/or 9 months imprisonment. The reform signals the NSW Government’s hard-line approach to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

It is important you understand the significance of these reforms as the consequences may substantially impact your employment or even prevent international travel to some destinations. There may still be scope to challenge the reading taken by obtaining a pharmacological report depending on your circumstances so early advice should be sought.

Did you know?

RMYC Port Hacking has partnered with Uber and offer a $10 discount on any Uber trip to or from the Club on any day and at any time! We suggest that all Club’s members sign up to this Uber offer on their smart phones to ensure a safe and responsible method of getting home after drinks at the Club. We commend the Club on offering such a great service to its members. For further information about this offer please contact the Club directly.

If you or someone you know have been charged with a drink driving offence or would like further information about this article please contact us at or on (02) 9525 8688.



Greg Dickson
B.Juris. LL.M.
CEO & Accredited Specialist in Family / De Facto Law
Telephone: 9525 8688
Facsimile: 9526 2608