An open top car.
An open top car. cosmic_spanner/Flickr

Sporty cars with top down won't cop $44 penalty: police

POLICE are good sports after all, it seems.

Sports car enthusiasts had feared the same laws that resulted in a young father in Deception Bay being fined for leaving his car "unsecured" - with the vehicle's windows slightly open - would affect open-top sports cars as well.

Tewantin tiler Peter Moore, who owned a Triumph Stag soft-top, said he had called police to find out if parked sports cars without their roofs could come under the car security laws.

"I was told that in theory, if the roof was off, the driver could face a $44 fine," he said yesterday.

"But the officer said it was extremely unlikely that would happen.

"I was a little concerned."

Mr Moore said that on any given day in Noosa, four or five open-top sports cars were parked in Hastings St.

"I would hate to think they would get fines for just stopping and sitting in a cafe to have a coffee," he said.

Noosa Convertible Car Club treasurer Dennis Dowling, who has a soft-top Mercedes Benz SL500, said he had not heard of the law.

He said one member of the club had a $250,000 Ferrari that had been built without a roof.

"Where does someone like him stand?"

However, RACQ technical and safety manager Steve Spalding said the wording of the law allowed for open-top sports cars not to be booked.

"It says the onus is on the driver to ensure the car is secured if the windows can be secured and if the doors can be locked," he said.

"The key word here is 'if'."

Mr Spalding said the car security law, which was introduced in 2005, was a sound one.

"It is to try to minimise dangerous incidents which can follow the theft of a car," he said.

Mr Spalding said leaving windows of a sedan or station wagon slightly down did not bring down the temperature inside the cabin of a vehicle anyway.



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