The Queensland Government has passed tough new anti-hoon laws that will see repeat offenders’ cars crushed or sold.

Passed last night, the country’s toughest anti-hooning penalties will place drivers who commit two serious hooning offences within five years at risk of having their car confiscated indefinitely, sold or crushed as part of changes to the Police Powers and Responsibilities (Motor Vehicle Impoundment) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012.

Under the new stricter two-strike policy, those who commit Type 1 offences, which include dangerously operating a motor vehicle, racing and participating in speed trials on roads, wilfully starting a motor vehicle or driving a motor vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke, and evading police, will have their cars taken off the road for 90 days for a first offence and confiscated and either sold or crushed if a second hooning offence is committed within a five-year period.

Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the community and the Queensland Government were sick and tired of hoons driving dangerously on public roads.

“Hooning such as racing and driving recklessly in the suburbs is not only socially unacceptable, it is outright dangerous and places the lives of all road users at risk,” Dempsey said.

“In the past we have even seen hoons lose control of their vehicles before ploughing into yards and houses injuring and, in some cases, taking the lives of innocent people.”

Dempsey said the new laws were intended to address community frustration in the previous laws put in place by the former Labor Government.

“Under Labor more than 92 per cent of vehicles previously impounded ended up back on the road.

“We are telling the people of Queensland that the police now have the legislative tools to truly put the brakes on hoons.”

While the new laws have been passed through State Parliament, they won’t come into effect for six months as logistics and community education about the new penalties are finalised as requested by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee.

According to the Queensland Government, there have been a total of 716 recorded offences and 556 recorded cars impounded over the past 12 months across the state.

  • tbewr

    So what happens if your “hooning” in a car that does not belong to you?

    “My” cars are “owned” by elderly relatives to take advantage of concessions. Then there’s rental/share cars, company vehicles and stolen cars.

    • Jack001

      I guess that would be between you and “owner”!

    • Andre

      If it’s a stolen car the law doesn’t apply and you get to keep it

      • jey

        Wouldn’t that mean hoons in stolen cars would not be punished for the hooning portion of their crime under the anti-hoon laws?

        • Anuj

          aii……….so technical my head hurts!! but yea……i think that would be the un intended implication. however i think if ure thrown in jail for stealing and stuff… kinda covers all bases 😀

          • jsa

            Stealing the car is a separate charge. If you steal a car, but obey the road rules, you only get charged for the car theft.

            If you steal the car but also break road rules and hoon, you’ll get charged for all of them. The issue is that they can’t punish the person for the hooning if it’s not their car can they?
            See below for ‘westie’s case study (which I remember from a few years back). The ‘hooning’ punishment didn’t go to the person who actually did the hooning as he didn’t own the car.

    • Westie

      Case in WA where a mechanic (sorry, technician) took a customer’s Lambo out for a spin. Got busted, customer’s Lambo got impounded. I believe the subsequent lawyer fest got a loophole installed in the law. Lambo’s owner took the plods to court, sued them for damage to the car while it was impounded.
      Lawyer got richer.

    • DoubleBlue

      Best “thing” I’ve ever seen done to a Commodore.! LMAO.!

  • Just Think About It

    What if your car is your home, and you get framed for hooning by some incompetent and/or desperate officer of the law?

    You’re in more danger if a cop sees you in a motor vehicle on the public roads than if you’re involved in a head on crash on a highway.

    • Rocket

      You obviously have a problem with police officers. What if a monkey steals my car and chucks a big burnout ……..

      • Tien

        Well then you’ll loose your car because it was involved in “hooning activities”

    • Dave W

      Get a dashcam so you can prove your innocence. Some of these cams also has a built in GPS and record your speed.

  • JamesB

    I’d rather that they cripple those hoons so that they can never ever drive again.

  • bs

    Looks like I’ll be voting Labor again.

    • not bs

      Well you are obviously a juvenile

      • ute68

        no I am 50

    • Cars

      Yep, vote for lawlessness. Why not move to Rwanda while you’re at it?

      • Matthew Werner

        Pick a different African country like Somalia or Congo, compared to them Rwanda is like Singapore

        • Cars

          ^^^ yeah, what he said, punk! ^^^


    • ute 68

      do you like having no money ?

  • Guest

    I sincerely hope they pass the similar law in Victoria and other states.

  • qwerty

    Why is the picture of the Commodore used?

    • horsie

      because a commodore is a hoons car of choice (and yes i do own one)

      • ute 68


    • EDXR61993

      because its the best car to crush,

  • Peanut

    Why don’t they just arm Police cars with Heat Seeking Missiles, and remove Hoons from the Gene Pool.

  • Dave S

    I would have thought there were bigger targets for police than a few hoons. They must have very low crime in those areas.

    What about the ‘carrot’ option? Give people more areas away from the steets to drive their cars.
    It just sounds like motorists are an easy target.

    • TheRealThomas

      There are plenty of areas for motorists to drive fast in. Qld Raceway and Lake Side regularly run happy laps at a reasonable price $20-$25 including a meal. No excuse to be hooning. Having said that, Crushing cars will effect all of us as finance companies won’t want to take risks, therefore will not secure a vehicle against finance.

      • fh

        In Sydney, Eastern Creek is the only place and they charge $340 to take your own car on the track.

    • Westie

      Politicians being seen to be doing something. Boondoggling, as Paul Keating once said.
      They need to be seen to be doing something about road safety. Every six months or so, Today Tonight et al will run a story on how many evil mongrel hoons have lost their cars and road safety authorities will flap on about this and that. And the great unwashed will believe something is being done.
      And people will just continue to hoon, only in cheaper unsafe disposable rubbish like faded old VNs
      //rant mode off//

    • ute 68

      wow some one with a brain , good now lets all get togeather and make some smart noise and see if the people smarter than you and me listen to a smart win win out come.

  • Matt Taylor

    Way to copy and paste the media release.

  • CheekyOne

    “wilfully starting a motor vehicle” ….. hmmmmm …. I do that every morning I jump in my car and drive out of the garage to go to work. Better watch myself and “accidentally” start my vehicle. hehe

    • Matthew Werner

      obviously you missed the rest of the sentence “in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke”

      • Ken


  • TheRealThomas

    So now it will make it harder for all of us to use our vehicles as guarantee when taking out a car loan. As if the car is crushed. It is not an accident and financiers have no longer got a guarantee. Good on you Mr Newman. Stuff it for all of us, due to the mistakes of a few.

    • Robbo

      I work in motor finance…why would it be harder to get a loan? The car is the security and if it’s no longer in existence the lender still wants their money so you’ll have to pay out the loan. No different when it’s a total loss (insurance) and the market/agreed value doesn’t cover your finance payout. I don’t know why Mr Newman has ‘stuffed it for us all’, it’s anti-hooning laws not every driver laws. Don’t hoon, you won’t have a problem. Only those breaking the law would be worried. I agree with GPS DashCam comments earlier, record yourself to back yourself like more and more driver’s do (especially professionals in trucks etc), popular o/seas for a reason.

      I say bring it on, IMO, morons being flogs on the road effecting other users need something to stop them. Go hoon in a grassy paddock away from population.

      • TheRealThomas

        You missed the point, secured financed vehicles must be insured. Insurance companies will not pay out on a crushed vehicle. Hence it will be up to the individual to sort out the rest of the finance. If there is no vehicle to secure it to, the interest rates are higher.

        Why would a finance company secure vehicles against loans. If there are higher chances of some vehicles being lost to crushing, as a finance person, don’t you think finance companies would cover themselves for that possibility?

        There should be a clause in the act that if the vehicle is under finance, that it should be sold, not crushed and finance paid out on it.

      • ute 68

        I think you should read the complete law reading and then you will change your mind, it can be used to any person that drives faster than 7 ks over the limit if the police want to. Or leaves the lights to fast even if they don’t go over the posted speed limit for that road ,Ever been in HURRY to get some where ?

  • Corporal Clegg

    These sorts of laws are truly disgraceful attacks on property ownership that we have, until now, taken for granted in democratic societies. This is a solution looking for a problem and is only being done because someone has decided that it is politically advantageous. There are already adequate laws to prosecute, fine and imprison people who are a danger to society. Does the state confiscate or destroy your home if you injure someone in it? Do they destroy all your electronic devices if you use your phone when driving? No, there are existing laws which deal with these just as there are existing laws which deal with speeding, excessive noise, dangerous driving etc. Drink driving is many times more dangerous and causes much more death and destruction than “hooning” yet there is no suggestion for similar penalties. As with other (much worse) offences, there are punishments which do not involve the destruction of very expensive private property. Then there is the issue of proportionality, I have yet to see or hear of someone being seriously injured doing a burnout – this may occur but it is certainly an extremely rare event, the punishment for “driving a motor vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke” is therefore utterly disproportionate. A three month seizure of valuable property is truly a harrowingly over-the-top punishment for something unlikely to cause injury. How anyone could support this boggles the mind. It is very important that people don’t sit idly by when basic principles of justice and fairness are under attack. Quite simply, the vast majority of road fatalites and morbidity are NOT caused by some nitwits doing a burnout or making too much noise. Now I am not suggesting that these offences go unpunished, but that the punishment is proportional to the actual danger of the offence. In these cases it is not..

    • Jerome

      Exactly! Ridiculous laws.

    • Bob222

      Agreed. Would someone please challenge this law in court? I’ve never been threatened with confiscation of property, but I would relish the chance to challenge it if it happened.

  • Jerome

    Shame on you Mr Newman… I hope you’re run down by a rusty white Commodore

  • LeStori

    Presumably all these Laws are named after Former UK Labour MP for Transport, Geoffrey Hoon. Now he was a genuine HOON.

  • Car Enthusiast

    The problem with these laws is that people can be charged or have cars impounded retrospectively because some neighbour or troll thought they heard or saw your vehicle apparently hooning with out the need for proof. How do these laws apply to registered and unregistered vehicles (drag cars, race cars, motocross and quad bike) that are built and tested at home or on private property (making noise in the legal hours). For example some one puts a different engine in a car and runs it with out an exhaust or the engine is smokey, does the odd shed/drive way burn out.
    Because Queensland is effectively broke the police and government appear to be targeting minor problems that bring in revenue (fines) to pay for the governments debts. Not all the debts are from Labour. Qld has had a few natural disasters and Cambell Newmans tunnels to pay for.

  • EDXR61993

    honestly though its a waste. All those parts are now wasted because of the stupidity and money hungry nature of the government. You watch commodore panels will become hard to get.

  • Nada

    Why not just exchange their hoonmobile for a Daihastu Charade. Now there’s good punishment.

    • TG

      Give ’em a Chery J1.

    • mick

      ever driven a charade turbo??

  • Cheech

    Noise isn’t dangerous so can’t seen how somebody losing their car for that offense can save people’s life’s. Best part about these laws is unlike real murders and armed robbers and other dangerous people in society. These poor people have got no right to fight there case in court.

  • bloke

    If a police officer doesnt catch you in the act and a month later he is ringing you up is it your word against his ? And framing you no video of pictures