From today's news http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/police-impound-17-tonne-front-end-loader/story-e6frg13u-1225860554948
Police impound 17-tonne front-end loader
POLICE have ordered a 17-tonne front end loader to be impounded after the driver was allegedly found to be behind the wheel without a valid licence in Millendon, 30km north-east of Perth.
Police pulled over the vehicle at the intersection of Hadrill Rd and Great Northern Hwy at 9.30am yesterday after they allegedly saw the 25-year-old driver talking on a mobile phone.
When officers requested his driver's licence, they discovered it had been suspended.
He was arrested and charged with one count of having no authority to drive. He will appear in Midland Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
A police spokesman said officers issued a surrender notice for the owner of the front end loader to hand it in to a holding yard within seven days. Once surrendered, will then be impounded for 28 days.
It is understood the front end loader was being used in roadworks on the Great Northern Hwy.
Under unlicensed driver impounding laws which came into effect in July last year, police can seize vehicles on the spot for 28 days. A court can impound a vehicle owned by second-time offender for up to 3 months and in the case of a third offence, a court can confiscate the offender's vehicle.
Couple of questions:
1) Why wasn't he also charged with talking on a mobile phone while driving (as this was the reason he was stopped)?
2) Does this mean that the Great Northern Hwy road-works (which in my experience have been going on for ever) are going take even longer to complete?