HoonsQ: Where can I find a copy of the hoon legislation and what it allows police officers to do?
The Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 creates the ability for members of the Queensland Police Service to impound vehicles involved in hooning activities when a prescribed offence is detected. This legislation can be accessed via the website of the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel at www.legislation.qld.gov.au/Legislation.htm.
The definition of a prescribed offence in the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000 means:
- an offence against the Criminal Code, section 328A (Dangerous Driving) committed on a road or in a public place; or
- an offence against the Road Use Management Act, section 83; or
- an offence against the Road Use Management Act, section 85; (Racing or Speed Trials) or
- an offence against the Road Use Management Act involving wilfully starting a vehicle, or driving a vehicle, in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke.