Legislation

In April 2013, the Queensland Government approved amendments to the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 , regarding motor vehicle impoundment with the aim of improving road safety. The amended legislation commenced on 1 November 2013 .

The new laws extend the existing two categories of vehicle related offences along with broadening the current impoundment and forfeiture provisions.

Hooning and other reckless driving offences are broken into two categories: Type 1 and Type 2 .

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Type 1 offences

Type 1 vehicle related offences are defined under section 69 A of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 :

  1. (a) any of the following four offences committed in circumstances that involve a speed trial, a race between motor vehicles, or a burn out
    • dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
    • careless driving
    • organising, promoting or taking part in racing and speed trials
    • wilfully starting or driving a motor vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke
    OR
  2. b) Evade police.

Type 2 offences

Type 2 vehicle related offences are defined under section 69 A of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 :

  • Driving a vehicle while it is uninsured and unregistered
  • Unlicensed driving
  • High-range drink driving – 0.15 % and over
  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h.
  • Drive an illegally modified vehicle not complying with prescribed sections of the vehicle standards and safety
  • Failure to supply a specimen of breath or blood; or
  • Driving while under a 24 hour suspension.

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