06 Feb


An experienced Gold Coast Criminal Lawyer will ensure your best outcome.
An experienced Gold Coast Criminal Lawyer will ensure your best outcome.

Hooning Laws

Hooning and other reckless driving offences can result in the impoundment or immobilisation of a motor vehicle for a period of seven to 90 days under Queensland Hooning Laws. For repeat offending the vehicle can be forfeit to the state. While there is a capacity to appeal these decisions, the intention of the legislation is clear. Go too far and lose your car.

The offending is broken into two categories: Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 Hooning Laws

  1. Evading police
  2. Any of the following offences committed during a speed trial, race or a burnout
    1. Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle;
    2. Careless Driving;
    3. Organising, promoting or taking part in reacting or speed trials;
    4. Wilfully starting or driving a motor vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke.

Type 2 Hooning Laws

  1. Driving a vehicle while out is uninsured and unregistered
  2. Unlicensed driving;
  3. High range drink driving 0.015% and over;
  4. Exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h;
  5. Driving an illegally modified vehicle;
  6. Failure to supply a specimen of breath or blood; or
  7. Driving while under a 24-hour suspension.

hooningCan I apply for the early release of my vehicle?

The owner or usual driver of the impounded vehicle can apply in writing to the Commissioner of Police for early release of their vehicle if they can establish:

  1. Severe personal or financial hardship.
  2. The offence was committed without the owner’s consent.
  3. The unlicensed or uninsured offence has been rectified.
  4. The grounds for impoundment were unreasonable.

If you require assistance drafting an Application to the Commissioner of Police or wish to appeal the Commissioner’s decision then you should contact Gatenby Criminal Lawyers for advice and expert assistance.


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