The WA Government is concerned with the level of hoon-related activity occurring on our roads and is keen to send a strong message to irresponsible drivers that such antisocial driving behaviour will not be tolerated.
What is hoon driving?
A hoon driver is anyone who drives at very high speed or in a manner that is considered highly dangerous or antisocial.
- intentionally causing tyres to lose traction
- causing a vehicle to make excessive noise or smoke
- exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more (e.g. travelling at more than 155 km/h in a 110 km/h zone )
- engaging in a race or speed trial on a public road or in a public space
Vehicles that are being driven in a reckless or dangerous manner, such as doing burnouts or racing another vehicle, can be impounded under the Road Traffic Act 1974. The WA Police Force also has the power to impound the vehicles of drivers who exceed the speed limit by 45 km/h or more. Those who have their vehicles impounded by police are responsible for all costs including towing and storage.
There are also other driving offences where a vehicle can be impounded, for example:
- driving while disqualified
- driving while under suspension