Last updated 15 February 2019
A person must not wilfully or otherwise start or drive a vehicle in a way that makes unnecessary noise or smoke (reg 291 Transport Operations (Road Use Management—Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (Qld)). The offence is punishable by a fine of up to 20 penalty units ($2611). This needs to be distinguished from a driver doing a burnout, which involves making smoke when the drive wheels lose traction. Unnecessary smoke could, for example, be smoke from an exhaust rather than from the wheels. Unnecessary noise could be caused by an inadequate muffler on the exhaust.