Horowhenua drivers are being urged to be more thoughtful about taking their vehicles on the beach.
Dangerous driving on Horowhenua’s beaches will not be tolerated and people need to remember road rules apply, police say.
All beaches with public vehicle access are considered public roads, which means the road rules still apply, even if there is no signage.
In Horowhenua, driving is allowed on the whole coastline, with a 30km/h speed limit for all areas. …
A report by the Coastal Restoration Trust says there is “clear and irrefutable evidence from New Zealand and overseas experience that the use of vehicles on beaches can cause adverse environmental and social effects”.
The report stated that many of the activities vehicle owners access beaches for, including fishing, boat launching, recreation and sightseeing, might be benign on their own, but that they contribute to a cumulative negative effect on the environment.