Radar detectors now banned in WA

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Drivers of vehicles fitted with radar detectors will now be hit with heavy penalties.

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.

Page reviewed 23 August 2021