What is hoon driving?
Hoon driving is dangerous or anti-social driving behaviour, including driving at very high speeds. Hoon driving includes:
- 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, or travelling at more than 145 km/h in a 110 km/h zone
- engaging in a race or speed trial on a public road or in a public space
- driving while disqualified
- failing to stop when directed by police.
Changes to anti-hoon laws came into effect on 1 July 2011 and give police extra powers to impose tougher penalties on drivers. The laws give police the ability to impound, immobilise or permanently confiscate vehicles.
On top of vehicle seizure, if found guilty of a hoon driving offence, fines of almost $34,000 can be imposed along with a prison term of up to two years. Loss of licence and demerit points also apply.
If police have reasonable grounds for believing a driver has committed a hoon-related offence, they can now seize a vehicle for 30 days, which has increased from the original 48 hour penalty. A vehicle can be impounded regardless of who owns it.
On top of this, any driver found to be committing a second hoon-related offence within a three-year period may have their vehicle impounded for up to three months. If a person is found guilty of three hoon-related offences within three years, their vehicle can be permanently confiscated. The disposal of these vehicles is determined by the Chief Commissioner of Police. If the vehicle is sold, proceeds are kept by the State. Alternatively, the vehicle may be crushed or disposed of in other ways.
The changes to hoon laws also include new, more serious categories including:
- a repeat offence of unlicensed driving
- driving at 70 km/h or more over the speed limit
- a repeat offence of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or higher
- a repeat offence of driving with higher than the prescribed concentration of drugs in blood or oral fluid.
Anti-hoon laws are designed to make our roads safer and reduce the amount of road trauma. See the Victoria Police (External link) or VicRoads (External link) websites for more information about hoon laws.
Crime Stoppers Hoon Hotline
If you know the identity of a hoon driver or are able to provide a description of vehicles involved (make, model, colour, registration number) you can confidentially report this to Crime Stoppers.
Reports of hoon driving help Victoria Police target repeat offenders, specific locations and ultimately make our roads safer. You can phone the Crime Stoppers Hoon Hotline on 1800 333 000.