Improper Use of Motor Vehicle
– section 65A of the Road Safety Act 1986
- A group of friends are doing ‘donuts’ with their cars in a vacant parking lot.
- A man is driving a car in the rain and as he turns a corner, his car slides off the road.
- You did not intentionally lose traction of the wheels on your car.
- You lost traction while driving during a sporting event.
Questions in cases like this
- Can they prove that you were intentionally trying to lose traction of your wheels while driving?
- What were you actually doing?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this chargeThe maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 5 penalty units.
The improper use of a motor vehicle is a charge heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
What is the legal definition of Improper Use of Motor Vehicle ?A person drives a motor vehicle in a way that causes the vehicle to lose traction by one or more of the vehicle’s wheels.
“Was it deliberate?”