Aussie driver's hefty $790 fine for bizarre car detail

The 41-year-old woman had already been stopped by police in Melbourne just three days earlier.

A Victorian woman has copped a hefty $740 fine thanks to the beaten-up car she was caught driving over the weekend.

Victoria Police were left stunned on Saturday when they spotted the 2022 Hyundai Palisade cruise past them which was oddly missing half of its front end.

Officers were patrolling the Sunshine North area, northwest of Melbourne, when the banged-up vehicle whizzed past them at about 3.30 pm on McIntyre Road. A 41-year-old woman was behind the wheel of the car that had no windscreen, no back window, and no panels covering its engine, police said.

Pictures of the 2022 Hyundai Palisade with missing windscreen, back window and front panel.
A female driver was caught driving the 2022 Hyundai Palisade which had no windscreen, back window, or panels to cover its engine. Source: Victoria Police

Photos issued by authorities show the extraordinary state of the vehicle which, according to police, was unsafe to be driven on Victorian roads. The woman from Brighton, some 35kms away by car, had already been issued with a defect notice a few days earlier and was warned not to drive.

She was hit with a $740 fine for using a light vehicle in breach of a major defect notice, plus three demerit points. She'd already been fined for the same reason.

Bizarre ute modification lands driver $1,006 fine

Last month, a 40-year-old driver was pulled over in Scoresby, 29 kilpometres east of Melbourne's CBD after police caught sight of his bizarre ute modifications.

Highway patrol officers stopped the driver of the ute due to its lack of number plates, a Yarra Ranges Police Service Area Facebook post said, and were shocked to see the vehicle covered in "solar panels"

The man was arrested on an unrelated bench warrant and his vehicle was later impounded for 30 days at a cost of $1,006.

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