Street racing or just dodgy cars?

AG Canberra 30 November 2007 28

ABC online is reporting here the confiscation of more than 100 cars for street racing.

But the quote “It is very dangerous, a car was seized last night with one wheel nut left on its rear wheel,” he said.

“Potentially if the car had’ve driven on the road the wheel could have come off and they could quite have been a fatality.” doesn’t really mention streetracing – only dodgy maintenance. And if it wasn’t on the road where was it siezed from?

Also can you confiscate a car for having only one nut on the wheel (as opposed to one nut behind the wheel)?

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28 Responses to Street racing or just dodgy cars?
w3st0nFTW w3st0nFTW 4:36 pm 06 Dec 07

owning 60k cars @ 19yo and being unemployed?

One has to wonder where the money thus comes from….

Yeah that was my point its mummy & daddy or organised crime

vandam vandam 1:52 pm 04 Dec 07

Caf, couldn’t agree with you more.

Snahons_scv6_berlina Snahons_scv6_berlina 11:36 am 04 Dec 07

Thumper, during my final years of HS there were a couple of year 12 kids with new HSV’s, Thanks to mum and dad by all accounts.

caf caf 10:56 am 04 Dec 07

Fair enough, but then they should also be seizing the cars of drink-drivers too, otherwise it just seems to be selectively beating up on younger people.

vandam vandam 8:27 am 04 Dec 07

What everyone doesn’t realise that not all cars seized are ‘hoon’ cars. There have been some real shit boxes siezed. But generally those ‘kids’ that have high performance cars are the ones doing the burnouts. Their cars should be seized. Make it so that their cars are seized for good. On the radio this morning NSW are introducing $3000 fines and 12 mths licence suspension for burnouts.

sjp sjp 4:41 pm 03 Dec 07

I support the cops taking swift action against hoons. They piss off so many of us on a day to day basis.

I don’t however, like Vicepope, resort to using homophobic references as a punishment. Fkn ayy

Thumper Thumper 4:21 pm 03 Dec 07

owning 60k cars @ 19yo and being unemployed?

One has to wonder where the money thus comes from….

w3st0nFTW w3st0nFTW 3:47 pm 03 Dec 07

^l2 use paragraphs.

For all you who cry about cars doing burnouts and street racing in your streets that what u get for living in bad neighbourhoods, im sure most of u know the ones and they have been the same for decades.

Some suburbs if u notice rubber cake roads on every street crn or local shops carpark it says “Performance vehicles or car theif’s live around here”= Bad neighbourhood.

I heard the RTA and cops were targeting one group of well known car enthusiasts (known for owning 60k cars @ 19yo and being unemployed..ect) so yeah easy targets.

On that day 2 formals were being held so the cops did have alot to deal with i could imagine.

I bet the guy didnt even know he had 1 nut on his car cos the nuts probly hidden by center cap!

prob some theif tryed to steel his wheels a few nights before and started to take all his nuts off then got the last 1 and realised to was a lock nut..

Serendipity Serendipity 12:55 pm 03 Dec 07

I say good on the coppers for taking morons cars. I had a long conversation with someone in the know about this over the weekend and now know that the car seized with one wheel nut was doing a burnout/circle work and stopped for this reason. It was then that one wheel was found to be held on with only one finger tight nut. Evidently its a wonder that the wheel didnt fly off during the burnout and it probably would have done so soon after anyway….with four young people in the car. I was also told that the biggest concern with events such as school formals is not the kids arriving in hotted up cars, thats taken as part of the event within common sense bounds. But burnouts etc, when there are lots of people, often family and friends of the ones going to the formals, go there for a look and will gather quite close to where the cars drop them off. Hoon and seizure laws are not unique to ACT as all states have them now. Its NSW that wants to crush cars and that seems to get more support than negatives. I agree with that for if it saves just one life, in the long term, it has worked. I think its recognised now that since ACT has had a hoon squad that their has been quite a reduction in burnouts and hoon activites, or at least that is what I see from mine and friends suburbs. I reckon its one of those things that will never be stamped out but at least if it can be reduced it has to be a positive. Unfortunately it seems a bit like its a “rights of passage” type thing for some drivers.

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 9:49 am 03 Dec 07

Although I’m a performance car enthusiast, I am all for stopping street racing and dumb behaviours (eg burnouts in residential areas).

The problem was, is, and will continue to be, however, that our governments are much more interested in taking simple steps that result in revenue (the focus on speeding and speed cameras is a good example), than they are about real road safety. Unfortunately, any pollie who has the nuts to suggest proper driver training and sensible compliance will be voted out by people blindly accusing them a ‘hoon’. It’s a bit sad really, because it means the measures that could actually make a real difference to the safety of general road users are not likely to be implemented.

Deano Deano 11:40 pm 02 Dec 07

From my observations, most of these cars involved in burnouts and street racing have large “For Sale” stickers with the owner’s phone number prominently displayed. Why not take down the number and give them a call at an inconvenient time, like say 9am.

p1 p1 9:14 pm 02 Dec 07

You need a special restricted hire car licence and special rego on your car to legally drive paying passengers to formals (and weddings).

While this is true, if you are driving you little sister in your “fully sick” commodore, then you don’t….

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 9:42 pm 01 Dec 07

[i]ACT Rego, with AFP apparently in tow, took inordinate interest in the vehicles delivering partygoers to St Claire’s formal last night.

Vehicle details were recorded, I suspect with the view that any vehicle cool enough to be used for a formal HAS to be illegally modified, so a trip over the pits, causing inconvenience and cost to the owner, is definately in order.[/i]

You need a special restricted hire car licence and special rego on your car to legally drive paying passengers to formals (and weddings). That is probably what the cops were checking, as well as anti social stuff like burnouts.

VicePope VicePope 8:18 pm 01 Dec 07

Burnouts are stupid and noisy at the best of times, and that’s prt of the reason legislators and coppers react to them. There is also a significant danger issue, with some components being stressed to a point where failure is much more likely – and this is probably more likely when the cars are already old and being driven by morons. I’m all in favour of a quick police reaction on this one.

Seize the car. Allow the idiot to drive if and only if he (and it’s almost always a he) agrees to paint it pink and daub it with slogans suggesting that (a) he’s an idiot and (b) he’s gay.

Mælinar Mælinar 5:58 pm 01 Dec 07

Put a besa-block at an inconvenient place on the road. Those going the speed limit will naturally have time to dodge the obstacle.

Reduces hoon activity to 0 in about 3 crashes.

cranky cranky 5:45 pm 01 Dec 07


Lets just say Sonic is some years my junior!

My gripe is the inequality of penalty for this particular offence compared with any other.

bd84 bd84 5:27 pm 01 Dec 07

First of all the story implies that the driver of the one nut car (or driver) was doing something illegal before they pulled it over, if you don’t understand that in the first place..

As for confiscating cars, it’s a great idea. If they keep doing it the modifications (if any) should be removed and the car sold, return half the value to the owner and the other half should be paid as a fine and cover costs. Crushing the car as they’re proposing in NSW seems a little extreme at this time, will probably pose problems in the amounts of money being wasted.

And cranky you shouldn’t have any problems with the penalties being handed out, unless you’re one of the morons doing the burnouts, plus I think you will find if you’re a repeat offender you end up in court anyway.

ant ant 12:44 pm 01 Dec 07

I’d rather the police were policing this kind of stuff, anti-social stuff, rather than what they currently do (not sure what that is, actually).This is the stuff that directly affects so many of us.

Nemo Nemo 10:29 am 01 Dec 07

Nope- no police have ever attended despite complaints to police from myself and other neighbours.

Like speeding and speed cameras, drivers know the penalty and can choose whether to break the law or not- quite simple really.

cranky cranky 10:13 am 01 Dec 07

I have already expressed my opinion regarding burnouts.

My problem is that, unlike other motor traffic infringements, the fine in this case is instantly set by the Police at many, many thousands of dollars, being the value of the vehicle, and has nothing to do with any court adjudicated penalty.

The fact that the burnouts have stopped in your case is probably more a case of Police action, which may previously not have occurred.

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