Article: Australia: Car Impounded After Leaving Impound Lot
A young motorist in Victoria, Australia lost his car for a second time last week after a tow yard operator claimed the driver performed a burnout on his way out of the lot. The twenty-year-old driver from Brunswick initially lost his Holden sedan for 48 hours after police impounded it over an alleged violation of so-called "anti-hoon" legislation.
Anti-hoon laws authorize police to seize any automobile for two days without trial or appeal merely by asserting that its driver engaged in "anti-social" behavior. This most commonly involves doing a burnout or fishtailing the vehicle. The driver must then pay a fee of A$300 to retrieve his vehicle, generating millions in revenue for the state
. Police have even set up an anonymous tip hotline to take cars from people based solely on hearsay evidence.
Such second-hand evidence was enough to bring the Brunswick motorist's car back to the lot a second time for another 48 hours.
"Police have been told the man started his car, revved the engine, acknowledged his friends and did a burnout as he drove out," Senior Constable Leigh Wadeson said in a statement.
Victoria Police are anxious to accept such tips as the law allows them to confiscate permanently any vehicle if a third accusation is made against its driver. Police charged the motorist in this case with improper use of a motor vehicle, failure to have full and proper control of a motor vehicle, careless driving and driving in a manner dangerous. Source