Mr Terrence Lord, from the central Victorian town of Drummond, can now say goodbye to his 1980 Toyota Corona which was confiscated by police under the state’s anti-hoon laws.
The poor Corona (above picture is just a reference and not the car in question) becomes the first car to be confiscated in Victoria under the new laws. Thankfully, its not much of a loss!
“These tough new laws hold hoons accountable for their actions and hit them where it hurts most – by taking away their vehicle,” Victorian Police Minister Bob Cameron said.
Mr Lord, aged 43, pleaded guilty to four counts of driving while disqualified between January 23 and February 14 this year. The new laws which came info affect in July last year, can lead to confiscation of vehicles if drivers are caught
The idea is that a 48 hours confiscation for the first offence will be a painful lesson that will deter future trouble makers. This is the same type of law which is now implemented in QLD. The decision to impound an offenders vehicle is at the discretion of the officer handling the offence.
The Victorian system works by initially giving first time offenders a 48 hour confiscation of their vehicle, followed by a three-month impound order for a second offence and if they are really that stupid, as Mr Lord has been, the third time will lead to the permanent confiscation of their vehicle.