In effect from 20 May 2019, new penalties apply for people in NSW caught driving over the legal limit or driving with the presence of an illicit drug in their system.
Even if it is your first offence, if you’re driving above the legal blood alcohol limit or on-the-spot tests show the presence of illicit drugs, your licence will be suspended and you’ll be required to hand it to Police immediately. An immediate suspension is effective for three months, along with an on-the-spot fine of $561.
Blood alcohol limits for drivers
Learner drivers or riders
Provisional 1 drivers or riders
Provisional 2 drivers or riders
Visiting drivers or riders holding an overseas or interstate learner, provisional or equivalent licence
Under 0.02 (equivalent to approximately one standard drink) for:
Drivers of vehicles of "gross vehicle mass" greater than 13.9 tonnes
Drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods
Drivers of public vehicles such as taxi or bus drivers
Transport for NSW
advises, “Drivers subject to a 0.02 limit should not drink any alcohol before driving”.
Under 0.05 is the legal limit for most drivers.
Alcohol concentrations vary between drinks and can affects people differently according to their size, weight, gender, liver function and overall fitness, therefore it’s not always possible to accurately calculate your blood alcohol concentration. Alcohol concentration can also continue to increase for up to two hours after you have stopped drinking. Meaning its best to not drink alcohol (or take any drugs) if you plan to drive.
Want to know whether your drinking habits are putting you at risk? Find out with the Your Room
Alcohol Risk Assessment
. You can also get free one-on-one personal health coaching and support to reduce alcohol consumption by accessing the NSW Health
For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs 24 hours, 7 days a week, call the Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) on
1800 250 015.