Fines to be issued to people caught driving on City of Wanneroo beaches

Fines to be issued to people caught driving on City of Wanneroo beaches

PEOPLE caught driving on City of Wanneroo beaches will be hit with a $500 fine.

The City is introducing a new clause in its Public Places and Local Government Property Local Law that delivers a $500 penalty for unauthorised vehicles on beaches and dunes.

Previously, offenders were punished under a combination of laws.

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The City’s report said the law amendment would increase the penalties for vehicles found on beaches.

“For some time now, the City has been dealing with the illegal access of four-wheel-drive vehicles on its beaches posing a significant risk to public safety and beach users,” it said.

“Such access poses a safety risk to beach users and has been exacerbated by the development of new estates along the City’s coastal corridor.

“City officers have met with respective landowners and other stakeholders to develop a strategy to combat this issue.”

The amendment was supported by councillors at the March 7 meeting and will come in to effect 14 days after being published in the Government Gazette.

During summer, the City stepped up its campaign targeting drivers on its beaches and used drones to help catch offenders.