Examination of 4WD laws urged

A FOUR-WHEEL drive recreational club says Queensland Transport needs to boost regulation of companies that hire out the vehicles.

Last week, QT decided to delay the implementation of new restrictions on companies hiring 4WDs for use on Fraser Island, to allow for further consultation with community groups.

But in the wake of the death of a Japanese tourist, killed last Sunday when a 4WD rolled on one of the island’s beaches, a Four Wheel Drive Queensland spokesman said more should be done to improve these measures.

“Queensland Transport has done some good work in this area so far, but Four Wheel Drive Queensland requests that they not stop there, or similar accidents with 4WD hire vehicles will continue on our beaches,” the spokesman said.

“Considerable effort should be placed on ensuring 4WD hire vehicle drivers have the required competency to operate the vehicles in the conditions in which they intend to use them.”



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