New laws banning radar detectors.
WA drivers caught with a radar detector in their vehicle will be subject to hefty new penalties from 12 October 2020.
This will bring WA into line with all other jurisdictions around the country, the last of which banned radar detectors two decades ago.
In referring to radar detectors, the new law encompasses any device which is capable of detecting the operation of the speed measuring equipment, regardless of whether they detect them by radar or some other emission.
Drivers of any vehicle including cars, trucks, heavy and light vehicles, which have a radar detector fitted to, within or on – operational or not – will be subject to the new penalties.
Drivers are also banned from having them in a trailer or caravan being towed by the vehicle.
|Offence from 12 October 2020||Penalty||Demerits|
|When driving a heavy vehicle.||$1,500||7|
|When driving a motor vehicle other than a heavy vehicle.||$1,200||7|
What is a radar detector? When do I have to take my radar detector out of my vehicle?
Radar detector means a device or other equipment that is capable of detecting the operation of;
- An average speed detection system.
- Speed measuring and recording equipment, or
- Speed measuring equipment.
The legislation commences on 12 October 2020, any devices capable of detecting the operation of speed detection or speed measuring systems must be removed from the vehicle prior to this date.Is there a grace period after 12 October to remove it from my vehicle?
No.What is the penalty for having a radar detector installed in a vehicle?
Penalties will be applicable from 12 October 2020.
Who does this ban apply to?
|For a motor vehicle that is not a heavy vehicle||Infringement||Demerit Points|
|During a holiday period $1200||$1,200||14|
|Other than a holiday period $1200||$1,200||7|
|For a motor vehicle that is a heavy vehicle|
|During a holiday period $1500||$1,500||14|
|Other than a holiday period $1500||$1500||7|
All motor vehicles including heavy vehicles, light vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, semi-trailers or caravans.Can I have my radar detector installed in my caravan or trailer?
No.Can I have it in my vehicle if it's switched off?
Trailers, semi-trailers or caravans while attached to the vehicle are considered motor vehicles in WA legislation.
No.I use my radar detector as a sensor for other functions such as parking, SWS etc. Can I still have it installed?
It is Illegal to have the radar detector installed, whether operational or not.
No.Are apps like WAZE included in this ban?
Standalone devices which perform these functions are available to purchase. Drive to conditions and do not rely on Safety Warning Systems, research has shown these to be ineffective.
No.Do double demerits apply to radar detectors?
Google Maps and WAZE are phone applications not pieces of equipment independently capable of detecting radars. However, be cognisant that your phone must be used in accordance with WA mobile phone legislation.
GPS maybe used by a driver whilst driving provided the phone is mounted in a cradle affixed to the vehicle and no touch of the keypad or screen is required.
Yes.Is Lidar technology and similar included in the ban or just radar?
Double demerits will apply to the use of radar detectors.
The offence will incur 14 demerit points during a holiday period which will result in loss of license.
Yes.How will police be enforcing this?
Radar detectors is an all-encompassing term which includes any technology capable of detecting speed measuring equipment.
Police have the power to issue infringements, seize these devices from vehicles and prosecute an offender in court.