New laws prohibiting radar detectors bring WA into line with all other jurisdictions around the country, the last of which banned the devices two decades ago.
Drivers caught with a radar detector fitted to their car or other light vehicle – operational or not – will be issued with a $1200 on the spot infringement and 7 demerit points.
Drivers of a truck or other heavy vehicle will receive a $1500 infringement and 7 demerit points. On a double demerit point long weekend, this would result in a loss of licence.
For more information on the banning of radar detectors in WA, including frequently asked questions, see the Road Safety Commission's Speeding page.
Road Safety Commission/State Government Radar detector legislation change campaign educates West Australians on the banning of radar detectors – bringing WA in line with the rest of the country.
From 12 October, the following penalties apply to drivers caught with radar detectors fitted to/within or on their vehicle - operational or not:
- When driving a heavy vehicle: $1,500 and 7 demerit points
- When driving a motor vehicle other than a heavy vehicle: $1,200 and 7 demerit points
The tough new penalty marks the end of the road for those people who think they can outsmart speed cameras with radar detectors.