What to do if you see a smoky vehicle

There is little worse than driving along the highway, stuck behind a vehicle that is coughing and spluttering thick, smelly smoke - but is there anything you can do about it?

Answer: There’s a very aptly named phone service you can use to dob in a smoky vehicle. It’s called the Smoky Vehicle Hotline and is a part of the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads. You can report a vehicle if you see it blowing smoke continuously for 10 seconds or more. When you call, you will need to leave your name and address but these will remain anonymous.

You can also report a vehicle online. You’ll need the vehicle’s make, model, colour and number plates as well as the time, date and location where you saw it. Keep in mind this service is for Queensland registered vehicles only, so you won’t be able to report a vehicle with inter-state number plates.

Once a vehicle has been reported, a letter is sent to the owner with suggestions of how to fix the problem. If the same vehicle is reported three times in a four month period, the owner is ordered to have their vehicle checked for defects by a transport inspector. They then have one month to return a form outlining what has been done to fix the problem.