Water police are running a joint operation during the school holidays fortnight, targeting teenage tinnie hoons. Photo: Jerad Williams
Water police are running a joint operation during the school holidays fortnight, targeting teenage tinnie hoons. Photo: Jerad Williams

Tinnie hoons disguise souped-up engines

"DANGEROUS" teen tinnie hoons are trying to fool police by disguising supercharged engines with six horsepower covers which don't require a licence.

But Gold Coast water cops - fearing fatalities from out-of-control juvenile operators - are onto the disturbing trend and plan a blitz on waterways rule-breakers during the school holiday fortnight.

Acting senior sergeant Mitch Gray said in the past 12 months police had found increasing instances of young tinnie operators disguising engines by removing branding stickers and serial numbers.

"They are buying 15 horsepower motors and putting six horsepower cowlings over them. They are trying to deceive us," he said.

"You don't need a licence to operate a tinnie that's up to six horsepower."

A young tinnie operator on the Coomera River. Photo: Jerad Williams
A young tinnie operator on the Coomera River. Photo: Jerad Williams

More on this at the Gold Coast Bulletin

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