Committee looks at hooning laws

A STATE parliamentary committee wants to hear the views of Bundaberg residents on proposed changes to "hoon" laws and vehicle impoundment.

The Legal Affairs, Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services Committee must examine the Police Powers and Responsibilities (Motor Vehicle Impoundment) Amendment Bill 2011 and report to the Parliament by March 19 next year.

The Bill proposes to amend the Act to allow police to start proceedings to impound a motor vehicle with a Traffic Infringement Notice and increase the initial impoundment period from 48 hours to seven days.

It would extend the time in which police must make a court application for forfeiture or impoundment of a motor vehicle from 48 hours to seven days.

The amendment would remove the requirement for police to notify the registered security interest holder of the impoundment of the motor vehicle for the initial impoundment period.

It would also introduce an automatic impoundment period of 28 days for certain repeat offences.



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