Hooning

What is hooning?

Hooning includes driving behaviour like:

  • screeching of brakes
  • revving of engines
  • skidding
  • donuts
  • drifting
  • fishtailing.

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

Updates to hooning legislation

Recent changes to legislation means that the registered owner of a vehicle is now held liable for the offences listed below:

  • used to perform a burnout
  • used in a speed trial (race between vehicles or over a set distance)
  • operated dangerously in conjunction with a burnout or speed trial
  • driven without due care and attention in conjunction with a burnout or speed trial

The registered owner can provide a statutory declaration to police nominating who the driver or person in possession of the vehicle was at the time of the offence. It is an offence to fail to supply a statutory declaration without a reasonable excuse.  If the owner nominates a person responsible, that person is investigated by police.  This does not apply if the vehicle has been reported stolen.

How to report hooning

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

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

Reporting these details will help 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.

Reducing hooning

As part of the 2020 / 2021 budget process, Council has allocated $250,000 to address the issue of hooning in the City of Logan. We have also setup a multi-agency Hooning Taskforce with representatives from the following agencies:

  • Council
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Our Hooning action plan (PDF 980 KB) recommends specific actions to tackle hooning and identifies 5 priority areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Enforcement
  • Target hardening
  • Education
  • Technology.

The taskforce will deliver actions under each priority area over an 18-month period.

To read the terms of reference, download Hooning taskforce terms of reference (PDF 481 KB).

Hooning Taskforce meeting reports

The following reports record agenda items and action from Hooning Taskforce meetings.

Find out more

For more information on the Hooning Taskforce, please call us on 07 3412 4617 or email safecity@logan.qld.gov.au

Why is traffic calming not effective?

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, challenge irresponsible drivers to make the most nuisance without damaging their vehicle.

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

Speeding

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.