• Jun 21, 2007
Yesterday we learned that California has begun the practice of crushing modified cars obtained while being used for the illegal and dangerous activity of street racing. The hope is that seeing their expensive toys flattened by a compress will deter street racers from endangering the lives of others on public roads. Judging from the news coming out of Canada, it appears that the province of Ontario is prepared to go one step further. Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant has stated that the authorities in his province will confiscate and crush vehicles built for street racing before they even put rubber to pavement on city streets.
"Just on the balance of probabilities if we can establish that a car is being used for the unlawful purpose of street racing, we will seize it and you will never see it again. We will crush your car, we will crush the parts."

The report from The Star in Ontario tells us that Bryant's fiery edict was given just a few days after a truck driver was killed after being cut off by three youths street racing on Highway 400. The driver, David Virgoe, drove his truck off the road and down an embankment rather than cross the divider and risk colliding with oncoming traffic.

More after the jump.

[Source: The Star]

Bryant likened a "juiced-up" car for street racing to "an explosive" and claimed "...we don't need to wait until that car hits the road fully loaded." While street racing is an indefensible act of stupidity, we wonder what standards Ontario will use to judge cars as intended for street racing before they are impounded and crushed and whether or not there will be an appeals process. While many U.S. states and Canadian provinces have laws governing vehicle modifications that dictate how much a car can be lowered, how dark its window tint can be, etc., we could easily imagine a vehicle that violates none of these rules yet still looks like a street racer. And what about show cars? Visit any Hot Import Nights show and you'll find plenty of trailer queens that produce ridiculous amounts of horsepower but are never driven hard for fear their paint might chip.

We certainly don't want to minimize how dangerous street racing is, but at the same time must remember that any vehicle driven straight off the dealer's lot has the potential to be driven dangerously by an idiot. It seems that the focus of Bryant's attack is misdirected at the machines used for street racing when it should be aimed at their operators.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't they just outlaw fart cans and put a limit on the number of stickers you can put on your car representing products you don't own? That would be real progress.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ""Attorney General Michael Bryant is warning street racers that the Ontario Government has the power to seize and destroy cars that have been adapted for street racing.""

      http://www.cfra.com/headlines/index.asp?cat=1&nid=50321

      What does "adapted to street racing" mean?? Does it mean that a car with a sticker advertising 'Amour-All' has been adapted? What does it mean?

      I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and I can tell everyone here that what the Attorney General is saying is total BS!

      In Canada, a person is innocent until a Court of Law finds them guilty.(If the car was seen racing and) perhaps after several appeals, the car in question MIGHT be crushed but only if the person charged is convicted.

      What the Auditor General is making is nothing more than a 'feel good statement' attempting to appease people who know nothing about the law or politics.

      AKA--"People will vote for the current political party in power because they appear to be doing something constructive"

      FingerSled

      • 7 Years Ago
      This is ludicrous. What is 'built' for racing? What if i upgrade my rims and tires for looks, upgraded my intake for improved gas mileage and added a legal exaust for sound.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You wouldn't be putting in Nitrous oxide, to improve economy. One would be suspicious if you stripped the interior and left only the drivers street "just to improve on economy". Built for street racing doesn't mean minor cosmetics to make the car look and sound good.
          • 7 Years Ago
          "On a balance of probabilities, would this be seen as altered for use in street racing, despite the fact that my car is perfectly legal from a safety/emissions standpoint and is only raced on the racetrack? "

          Politicians are stupid but not necessarily the police. If you can prove it's for track use and have a record to back you up, I doubt the police are going to nail you unless it was warranted. I would however, keep to the rules when on public streets. I can see in the future that a permit will come next, to identify legit racers.
          • 7 Years Ago
          My car has its rear seats removed (no other way of carrying four 17x9.5 track tires to the racetrack). It has a nitrous oxide system for use at the drag strip, but the bottle stays out of the car when on the streets. On a balance of probabilities, would this be seen as altered for use in street racing, despite the fact that my car is perfectly legal from a safety/emissions standpoint and is only raced on the racetrack?
      Nianbo Zhang
      • 1 Year Ago
      IF THESE IDIOTS DARE PULL THIS KIND OF **** ON ME BELIEVE ME THEY WILL GET A BEATING AT LEAT I HAVE TO BREAK A BONE OR 2
      • 7 Years Ago
      China just enacted laws that guarantee property rights and we are losing them. Tell me, Which is the Communist country again?
      • 7 Years Ago
      If a street racer kills a pedestrian while racing, kill him too. That'll end it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. This is a LITTLE rediculous... I know so many people local to me with "Street racing" parts that could easily be profiled as street racers (Fart cans, massive body kits, huge stereo's) that just like the look of it... Im not a fan of the Japanese tuner scene, I'm more of a muscle car person, but this is just rediculous... and all the people that have half a brain and read about this are just going to start using a sleeper set up...

      Off the lot cars like the STi may be in trouble as well... there is an STi around here with some minor mods that make it stand out (powder coated rims, and different headlights, and no STi foglight filler ) but the guy driving it is always good with it... no fart can, always goes the speed limit... hopefully they don't get overly enthusiastic 0_0
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ridiculous. You can't suppose that because a car is modified it will be used illegally.

      My race car is modified for, uh, racing, but not street racing. Would Mr. Bryant purport that were I living in Ontario that my car could be confiscated and crushed despite evidence that it wasn't built for illegal purposes?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okey what a looney........Politicians need to get there heads out of their you know whats....
      • 7 Years Ago
      This has to be the most supremely retarded thing ever done.

      Are they trying to move ppl back into a caste system? Not to mention this reeks Minority report... whats next?

      Dammit!!!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Umm, what? Wow, this really crosses the line. If this was in the States, I'd say its high time to go burn some government buildings...

      "look like its for street racing"... are you kidding me? Do you know how many people street race in their unmodified cars? Heavily modified cars? Bicycles? Trucks?

      Yea, so I guess you'll have to crush every vehicle out there... whatever.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you're totally right I street race and does that mean i'm going to somebody some day no because i know how far to push it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      referring to hitbyastic's comment in the above comment
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