What offences can get your vehicle impounded?
There are currently three types of offences that are subject to vehicle impoundments:
- Impounding Offence (driving);
- Impounding Offence (driver’s licence); and
- Road Rage offences.
Specifically, the offences include:
Impounding Offence (driving)
- Reckless driving; S. 60(1A)
- Reckless driving in a confiscation zone; S.60(1A)
- Speeding 45 km/h above the speed limit; S.60A(1) or (2)
- Speeding 45km/h above the speed limit – confiscation zone; S60A(2)
Impounding Offence (driver’s licence)
- s.49(1)(a) that is committed by a person described in s.49(3)(a), (b) or (c):
- The driver had applied for the grant or renewal of a driver’s licence and had been refused;
- The driver had never held a driver’s licence AND is also disqualified from holding a driver’s licence for any reason other than fine suspension;
- The driver has held a driver’s licence but ceased to hold it for any reason other than voluntarily surrendering the licence, the licence expired or fines suspension; or
- The driver’s licence is suspended for any reason other than fines suspension;
- s.38(1)(a) driving contrary to extraordinary licence (EL) conditions:
- The driver is driving contrary to an EL in regards to time, purpose or location only.
Road Rage offences
- s.78A is a road rage offence where the offender:
- Assaults a victim;
- Damages the victim’s property; or
- Commits a reckless driving offence where the victim is endangered,
- Where the offence is committed as a reaction to, and motivated by, an event that occurs on a road or any place accessible to the public while:
- The offender is driving a vehicle on the road or in the place; and
- The victim of the offence is using the same road or place, whether as the driver, or a passenger in another vehicle.