Stiffer penalties for fleeing drivers
Drivers who flee from the police could have their vehicles permanently confiscated under a bill that has passed its first reading in parliament.
The Land Transport Amendment Bill also increases the disqualification period for the offence to up to two years.
Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said fleeing drivers frequently caused accidents involving serious injury or death.
“The disqualification penalties for failing to stop will scale up, based on whether it is the driver’s first, second, third or subsequent offence of this kind,” he said.
“The bill also proposed strengthening the powers of the courts to permanently confiscate vehicles involved in fleeing driver incidents.”
If you don’t drive your own car and you don’t worry about your license, how the hell is this going to hurt?
There should be a mandatory $5,000 fine payable after 72 hours inside a jail cell.
Perhaps something more creative: whatever else you get charged with and convicted for will be doubled.
One thing is for sure, confiscating a car that is probably stolen or someone else’s isnt a deterrent, and neither is loss of licence.
What would you tell Craig Foss to do?