End of road for 4WDs

‘With our strong population growth it is only natural that, just like beaches at Scarborough, Hillarys, Whitfords and Mullaloo, we support our landowners in not allowing 4WD access in the interests of public safety,’ she said.

‘The City of Wanneroo will continue to work with major land developers and private landowners to educate four-wheel-drive owners on why beach access is not available to vehicles.’

A Wanneroo spokesman said under the City’s parking and parking facilities local law, it was an offence to drive, ride, stop or park a vehicle on or over any portions of a foreshore unless the land is set aside for that purpose.

Under the City’s local government and public property local law, it is also an offence to take any kind of vehicle onto any beach or sand dunes.

The penalties are $100 and $125 respectively, but the City’s employees were exempt from both laws while performing their duties.

According to the WA Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act, people should not use off-road vehicles in any area except on private land with consent or on permitted areas. The Act says local governments administer and enforce the off-road vehicle regulations and penalties can range from $200 for excessive noise to $1000 for using a vehicle in a prohibited area.

In 2012, off-road enthusiasts held a rally on Marmion Avenue calling for a designated off-road area along Wanneroo’s coast.

Shorehaven estate residents and the Alkimos Progress Association will hold a beach rally to discourage off-road driving from 8am on Saturday, March 1.