New laws could see hoons lose cars permanently after first offence

New laws could see hoons lose cars permanently after first offence

HOONS could lose their cars permanently after a first offence following the introduction of tough new laws by the State Government last week.

Police Minister Liza Harvey said the new legislation was a response to community frustration and fears of dangerous drivers in their streets.

The new laws apply to motorists who commit a hoon offence in an active school zone, travel 90km/h or more above the speed limit or commit a hoon offence in a 50km/h or less zone (suburban street) which could result in harm or distress to a person or resulted in property damage, including the road.

“The new laws mean if you put our schoolchildren and residents in danger with your childish and reckless driving, you could lose your car for good,” Ms Harvey said.

She said the new laws would remove the red tape which tied up the permanent confiscation process and the resale or scrapping of uncollected hoon vehicles.

They would also give police the power to seize unlicensed motorcycles such as trail bikes if they reasonably suspected they had been illegally ridden on the road.

In 2015, WA Police impounded 2028 vehicles for hoon offences.

There are about 1700 hoon and no authority to drive vehicles are awaiting collection.