Improper use of a motor vehicle


The offence of the improper use of a motor vehicle (s 65A) occurs when a driver causes a motor vehicle to lose traction by one or more of the motor vehicle’s wheels. A driver can defend this charge by proving they did not intentionally cause loss of traction (s 65A(2)). As a result of the 2011 Act, certain driving activities are exempt from the application of section 65A, for example, authorised sporting events, vehicle testing and driver training (see s 65A(2A)).

The penalties for section 65A offences are minor, and do not involve automatic licence loss. However, repeat offenders may have their motor vehicle seized (seeSeizure of motor vehicles”).