IN A move sure to send shivers up the spines of car enthusiasts, the LNP has pledged to bring in tough new anti-hooning measures if elected at this month's state poll.
The proposed laws would see drivers lose their car for three months after their first hooning offence and have it crushed or sold if caught hooning again within five years.
LNP Leader, Campbell Newman, said the measures would target "illegal street racing and activities such as burnouts, donuts, drifting, and unnecessary speed or acceleration".
He did not clarify what level of "unnecessary acceleration" would be classified as hooning, something which worried new V8 owner Brett.
"It's a bit harsh," said the young driver, who did not want to give his full name.
"Fair enough if you're racing or doing burnouts but if you just skid a bit off the lights in the wet it's a bit unfair."
Brett bought his car three days ago and said he was resigned to being a target for police.
The proposed measures might help deter younger drivers from anti-social behaviour but the law's consequences could be severe for someone with a family.
"Losing your car for three months would be devastating," he said.
"You could lose your job."
"We'd be in a lot of trouble, we only have one car," his wife said.
Under current laws hoons lose their car for 48 hours after the first offence, three months after the second and permanently after a third.
That is in line with Victoria and the Northern Territory and more extreme than South Australia and Western Australia where hoons can keep their cars even after a third offence.
But Mr Newman claimed Queensland's current anti-hooning laws weren't tough enough.
"Bligh Labor's anti-hooning laws are some of the weakest in Australia, as consistently highlighted by police, community leaders and the LNP," he said.
THE LNP'S PLAN
- First offence: Car seized for three months.
- Second offence: Car sold or crushed.
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