VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA — On this corner of the planet, if you’re caught driving like a hoon, the cop’ll pull your licence and impound your wheels.
At this point, you’re thinking, “driving like a wha-a-aat?”
It’s Aussie for undesirable. A yahoo. It’s probably short for hooligan.
The “anti-hoon-law” is how locals refer to their anti-racing legislation, which saw two semi drivers get their rigs yanked for a year because they were caught doing double the speed limit.
According to Aussie news reports, police say the truckers were doing about 90 km/h in a 40 km/h zone.
The legislation was introduced last July and it mirrors the eight-month-old Ontario “anti-racing” legislation that says the driver of any vehicle caught doing more than 50 km/h over the limit will have his or her licence lifted immediately.
In the first three months after the law was introduced, more than 2,000 charges were laid in Ontario.
According to Sgt Cam Woolley of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), only one heavy-duty commercial vehicle has been pulled over under the anti-racing law and that was a dump truck in a London, Ont., urban area.
“We haven’t seen any on-highway tractor trailers going that fast and we didn’t expect to. The only thing we thought we might see was somebody doing 100 in an 80, but then hitting a town without slowing down but that hasn’t happened,” Woolley said.
Indeed, Woolley reports that overall, traffic has been slowing down on the 400 series highways and he attributes that in part to the new rules but also to the high price of fuel.
Meanwhile in Croc Dundee land, other laws exist to discourage truck drivers from speeding. Drivers of heavy trucks detected speeding at 15km/h or more over the limit three times can lose their license.
With strict laws like that, no wonder Aussie hoons so often graduate to become POHMIES (Prisoners of Her Majesty, dontcha know).