Fraser driving rule changes
DRIVING on Fraser Island can challenge the most experienced drivers.
It's easy to get in trouble when driving an unfamiliar vehicle in a difficult environment.
New laws were introduced in 2010 and 2011 to help keep visitors to the island safe.
Since 2010, all hire 4WD vehicles must carry no more than eight occupants (including the driver) and store all luggage securely inside the vehicle - not on the roof.
Heavy loads on the roof can affect vehicle stability and increase the chance of rolling the vehicle, particularly when driving on sand.
From 2011, all hire 4WDs used on Fraser Island must:
- have all seats facing forward or rearward (not side-facing)
- have a maximum of eight seats
- have all items stored securely inside the vehicle below the top level of the door frame
- be fitted with seatbelts which meet Australian Design Rule standards.
A driver breaking these laws risks a $300 fine and three demerit points. These laws apply to hire vehicles only - private vehicles are exempt.
Lower speed limits also now apply: 80kmh on beaches and 30kmh in townships and on inland tracks.