Caboolture and Regional Car Club president Dennis Seidel.
Caboolture and Regional Car Club president Dennis Seidel. Vicki Wood

Car buffs fear tough new hooning laws

CABOOLTURE car enthusiast Dennis Seidel has concerns about tough new anti-hooning laws which come into effect on Friday.

The Caboolture Regional Car Club president said members of his club were worried about the possibility of being targeted by police.

"There's things like burnouts and stuff, you can understand getting in trouble for things like that," he said.

"(But) they're worried about if you screech your tyres in a general takeoff.

"You haven't sped, you haven't smoked the tyres but they can deem it as dangerous driving."

The new laws are an extension of the State Government's already tough anti-hooning measures.

Previously motorists committing type 1 offences such as racing or speed trails, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and evading police did not lose their cars for a first offence.

Now type 1 offenders automatically lose their car for 90 days and are liable to lose it for good for further offences.

The laws surrounding type 2 offences such as unlicensed driving, high-range drink driving, exceeding the speed limit by more than 40kmh and driving an uninsured and unregistered vehicle have also been toughened.

The mandatory impound period for a second offence has increased from 48 hours to seven days.

Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the new laws were not about targeting law-abiding drivers or those with legal modifications, but ensuring that those who put the lives of other road users at risk by their reckless behaviour faced the consequences.