Improper Use of Motor Vehicle
- 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 charge
The maximum penalty for Improper Use of Motor Vehicle (s65A of the Road Safety Act 1986) 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?”