Fraser Island is not only the biggest sand island on earth but also attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year. But since a couple of bad accidents happened in the recent past which have not only caused bad injuries but sadly also took the lives of a British tourist, safety regulations for driving on the island have been announced. These rules are set only for 4WD Tag-Along-Tours and Hire 4WDs so far and include:
1. Drivers must be at least 21 years of age
2. Night Driving is not permitted
3. Each car needs to be equipped with a 2-way radio
4. The distance between the first and the last car in a Tag-Along-Tour can't be more than 500 meters
5. Driver have to undergo a safety assessment
5. Tour guides need to undergo performance reviews 4 times a year
6. Tour guides have to record their tours in log books
General road rules for Fraser Island include, that all hire 4WDs 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, and not the roof
- be fitted with seatbelts which meet Australian Design Rule standards.
Find more information here: http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Driver-guide/New-road-rules-for-fraser-island.aspx
Stay (dingo) safe people and enjoy your holidays.