Call for State Govt to take tougher stance on hooning

A ute is impounded in Gympie after its owner was caught hooning.
A ute is impounded in Gympie after its owner was caught hooning. Contributed

CONCERNS have been raised about why Queensland needs tougher anti-hooming laws when an average of 10,000 vehicles a year are impounded under current rules.

The Police Powers and Responsibilities (Motor Vehicle Impoundment) Bill will allow police officers to impound vehicles for three months for a motorist's first offence and if the motorist offends again in the next five years, the vehicle could be sold off or crushed.

Offences including evading police and high-end speeding - 40kmh over the speed limit - will also be included in the type 1 and 2 offences that will attract the new tough penalties.

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne questioned how the success of the new laws would be measured considering almost 10,000 vehicles were impounded a year.

"Ten thousand people a year under present legislation - that seems to me to be an extraordinary number in a pretty active program frankly," he said during a parliamentary committee meeting today.

Of the 10, 000 vehicles seized, only 23 are impounded due to illegal modifications.

Almost 50,000 infringement notices a year are also issued to motorists for similar hoon offences.

Toowoomba North MP Trevor Watts suggested the small number of vehicles impounded for car modifications contrasted with car enthusiasts' argument they would be unfairly targeted under the new laws.

Queensland Police traffic support branch Acting Chief Superintendent Andy Morrow agreed.

"That is the conclusion that we came to," he told the committee.

"We are at a bit of a loss to understand that particular concern from car enthusiasts."

He said the proposed legislation was not about targeting an "ordinary person making a noise at an intersection" but sustained bad driving behaviour.

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will consider the bill and submissions.

Topics:  crime hooning motorists police queensland government

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