Police targeting illegally modified 4WDs

POLICE are out in force, cracking down on illegally modified four-wheel-drives on the Gold Coast.

It comes after officers from across southeast Queensland converged on the Coast for a three-day training course, learning how to correctly detect illegally modified vehicles.

Following a day of theoretical training, a team of 35 police officers and 10 transport inspectors hit the road on Tuesday and Wednesday to put their knowledge to the test.


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Officers staged static and mobile inspection sites right across the city and were seen nabbing drivers in Nerang, Burleigh, Southport and Surfers Paradise.

In a statement, the Queensland Police Service said the three-day training event was “aimed at identifying four-wheel-drives which have been illegally modified”.

Police said modifications such as raised body heights, altered suspension and over-sized wheels compromised the stability of the vehicle and its ability to brake effectively, subsequently endangering the lives of everyone on the road.

Officers will be out in force across the Coast over the next few weeks, targeting all illegal vehicles.

Drivers caught with a defected vehicle face being hit with hefty fines and having their ride impounded.

A video on the 7 News Gold Coast Facebook Page went viral overnight, pulling in more than a million views in a matter of hours and attracting thousands of comments from angered 4WD owners.

Brendan Dawson has been driving his raised 4WD for five years. Yesterday, it was deemed illegal and defected.

He received a defective vehicle repair notice and two infringement notices in relation to it not being approved.

“I’ve been driving around for five years now and I’ve never had a problem or felt that it was unsafe,” he said.

See the reaction, here.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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hahaha thats gold illegally mod your vehicle then cry about it when they crack down on it and you have to make it safe again

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The problem is we dont have enough cops for real police work. We have a serious problem of chronic police understaffing and they focus on crap like “illegal 4WD’s” Seriously, they have actually do real crime to chase.

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Yep, we are seriously understaffed as far as police officer numbers, yet it is a 6-18 month circus of jumping through hoops to try and get in, and then some states want to show they are “equal rights employees” by making sure the intakes are 50-50 male and female… So to make their numbers that way they deny a B+ male and accept a C- level female… Everything policing is all about image, not what is actually required!!