Off-road drivers warned

Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts must not drive on metropolitan beaches and foreshores.
Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts must not drive on metropolitan beaches and foreshores.

The City of Wanneroo’s acting city businesses director Ian Hamilton said Rangers regularly patrolled the beaches, and were carrying out operations with police to target illegal off-road driving.

‘Rangers recently completed a six-week education program at Shorehaven Estate, Alkimos, in relation to the operation of off-road vehicles,’ Mr Hamilton said.

‘The aim of the program was to educate members of the public that off-road vehicle use on the City’s beaches, foreshores and sand dunes is not permitted.

‘Brochures were handed out advising members of the public about the restrictions and advising them where they can operate their off-road vehicles in or near Wanneroo.’

Mr Hamilton said the City was working closely with police to manage the use of off-road vehicles, particularly in Alkimos and Two Rocks.

‘A joint City of Wanneroo and police operation is planned for later in the year at Durrs Track, where the illegal use of off-road vehicles and illegal parking around the vicinity of Durrs Track will be targeted,’ he said.

‘The City also recently met with Peet (estate developer) to discuss strategies, including installation of signage and CCTV, to reduce illegal access to the City’s beaches, foreshores and sand dunes from Shorehaven Estate.’

The district police chief Charlie Carver said officers from Yanchep and Clarkson would receive training on issuing infringements for illegal off-road driving.

‘If you get caught, and you have been told and you get told it again, you will get infringed,’ he said.

Superintendent Carver said police were speaking to off-road drivers and found many travelled from other suburbs, including Kalamunda and Mandurah, to drive on northern suburbs’ beaches.

‘The locals don’t care that we hammer everyone because they (the drivers) are not local,’ he said.

‘The 4WD clubs have now gone under the radar on Facebook because they know we are following them.

‘Enough is enough ” go to your designated (off-road) areas because the residents, the regular people that live in these areas, have had enough.’

Supt Carver said traffic police were also patrolling the north coast suburbs and had charged two drivers using 4WDs to push over power poles in Alkimos.