Tougher anti-hooning laws announced

On 18 July 2011, the Queensland government announced that it would be introducing tougher anti-hooning laws.According to the media statement, hoons and repeat dangerous drivers will lose their vehicles for seven days for their first impoundment offence (the current period is two days). A second impoundment offence will result in an automatic 28 day impoundment and subsequent offences can result in vehicles being impounded for three months or forfeited to the State.

The changes to the impoundment laws are set out below.

Type 1 Hooning Offences
Current PenaltyProposed Penalty
First OffenceFine & immediate impoundment for 48 hoursFine & immediate impoundment for 7 days
Second OffenceFine & immediate impoundment for 48 hours & application to court for 3 month impoundmentFine & immediate impoundment for 28 days & application to court for 3 month impoundment
Subsequent OffencesFine & immediate impoundment for 48 hours & application to court for forfeiture28 days immediate impoundment & application to court for forfeiture
Type 2 Dangerous Driving Offences
Current PenaltyProposed Penalty
First OffenceFineFine
Second OffenceFine & immediate impoundment for 48 hoursFine and 7 day impoundment
Third OffenceFine & immediate impoundment for 48 hours & application to court for 3 month impoundment28 days immediate impoundment & application to court for 3 month impoundment
Subsequent OffencesFine & immediate impoundment for 48 hours & application to court for forfeiture28 days immediate impoundment & application to court for forfeiture

The date for when these changes will become effective has not been released, but they are expected to come into force in late 2011.

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