• Apr 5, 2007
Australia's anti-hooning legislation has been in effect since last July, but just last Tuesday it officially claimed its first victim car. The law, which targets drivers committing reckless acts behind the wheel, was enacted to curtail the most egregious offenses (i.e. burnouts, drag racing, excessive speed, etc.).

For Terrance Lord, a resident of Drummond, the law was taken to its extreme when he was caught driving on a suspended license. The punishment: his 1980 Toyota Corona is now forever in the hands of the local police.

The only time a vehicle can be impounded permanently is when the driver is cited three times under the anti-hoon law, so we assume that this wasn't Lord's first run in with the local authorities.

Harsh? Maybe, but we'll be interested to see if there is any reduction in these particular offenses over the next few years.

[Source: Drive.com.au]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      In the province of BC, a person can/will get their car impounded if the driver was caught "stunting". The impound can be from days to months and the car won't be released untill the towing charges and impound fee's are paid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #10, wow! That's unfreakin believable! I have 5 points and pay 1600/6mths on mine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Of course it's harsh. UK, US, Australia are the countries which treat its motorists like crap. with UK being the worst, and Australia close second.
      • 7 Years Ago
      re: #10, 15 over in a 25 zone's a little different than 15 over on a freeway. 25 mph zones are generally residential, meaning pedestrians and kids and pets. Were I a cop, I'd have let you walk for 80 in a 65, but I'd have nitpicked every "California stop" and busted taillight you had for 38 in a 25.

      re: #17, Janklow had his license suspended, but following his probation, he had it back less than three years later. What's even more ridiculous, though, is that technically he's never even been convicted of that crime, so he still has all the rights every other person who hasn't committed vehicular manslaughter has. Gotta love it.

      In general: you can get your car taken away for a burnout? WTF? Hell, out here we show ads with kids doing burnouts with their parents. God bless America!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry toy fans, that was mean. We all know that the last 1980 toyoda was cleaned up by a street sweeper in 1985. Boy, those tires sure did last.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow this has turned into a little daycare thread.
      this instance shows that the law works.
      the law doesn't work when you get a $300 ticket for a burnout on a private drive, or a $1500 ticket and a night in jail for a drag race on a deserted street, or a $200 ticket for having ground lights turned on while driving (not that I have ground lights, I just think it's a dumb law)
      oh how I wish I lived in Germany or Japan... the only two countries I can think of where drivers are not treated like criminals.
      I did have a nice cop once, though. he got me doing 72 in a 45 and didn't ticket me or even give me a warning citation because "[he could] see that [I'm] a great driver, even if [I] drive too damn fast"
      • 7 Years Ago
      #6 With comments like that, you must be very familiar with drag queens.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #5,With comments like that,you must be a drag queen
      • 7 Years Ago
      They confiscated his 1980 Toyota Corona? Sounds like more of a favor than punishment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Lord was caught drink-driving and driving while disqualified on four occasions over three weeks in country Victoria this year."
      http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,21501053-661,00.html

      yeah, he definitely doesn't deserve to be on the road...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bash Toyota all you want, maybe he should have been driving a Pontiac GTO, you know the ones GM imports from Austrailia of all places and then sells to people thinking they're buying American. Or, has this terrific vehicle been discontinued there already as they have here. Like I've said before, take a tour of the world, but before you do get used to seeing Toyotas!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you Hoon in a 1980 Toyota?
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