What is hooning?

Hooning includes driving behaviour like screeching of brakes, revving of engines, skidding, donuts, drifting and fishtails.

Hooning is not only dangerous it is also an offence. If you are caught hooning, Police have the authority to impound your vehicle.

Why traffic calming is not effective for hooning?

Traffic calming devices are installed to help enforce speed limits and deter non-local traffic from using a road. They are not designed to eliminate reckless driving like hooning.

Often the type of devices used, like speed humps and chicanes, are used as a challenge by irresponsible drivers to make the most nuisance without damaging their vehicle.

For more information about traffic calming, please see Traffic calming devices.


The default speed limit in a built-up area is 50km per hour unless signed otherwise. Speed limits in Queensland are determined by the Queensland Government to make sure limits are consistent and credible.

The speed limit should achieve a balance between safety and transport efficiency, and be realistic to encourage voluntary compliance.

Speeding can only be enforced by the Police and will need to be reported using the details below.

How to report hooning

You can report any dangerous, reckless or anti-social behaviour on our roads to:

  • 13HOON Hotline – 134 666
  • Policelink – 131 444, or
  • fill in the form on the Queensland Government’s Hoon website.

You will need to report details like the time, location, exact nature of offences and details of the cars involved.

Reporting these details will help the Police identify hot spots where action can be taken to prevent this behaviour from occurring.

The Queensland Police Service's vision is to help make Queensland a safe and secure place to live, visit and do business. Please visit Queensland Police for more information on the programs available.