Off-road driving do’s and dont's

28 December 2016 | Accidents

Otis Finck

The public should take note that a permit is required for off-road or dune excursions by quad bikes or four-wheel drive vehicles.

Permits and identifying stickers are available free of charge at the ministry of environment and tourism (MET) offices in Swakopmund (064 40 4576) and Walvis Bay (064 20 5971/2) and at Dare Devil Adventures at Longbeach. No vehicles other than emergency services are allowed to drive in vegetated and fenced-off areas.

Quad bikes must be licensed and riders must wear helmets at all times. Quad bikes are only allowed in the central dune belt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as demarcated by MET. Motorbikes and quad bikes, other than registered tour operators, are not allowed on the beach between the Swakop River and Sandwich Harbour (including Pelican Point) or between the low water mark and the first crest of the western side of the sea-facing dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay up to the Kuiseb Delta. Bikers are also not allowed on any unproclaimed roads or tracks on the eastern edge of the dune belt, any gravel plains, or anywhere in the Swakop River.

Four wheel drive vehicles are allowed near the beach area north of Longbeach up to the Swakop River mouth. No quad bikes or four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed between the northern edge of Longbeach and the southern tip of the Afrodite Beach development. The central dune area between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay may be accessed from the demarcated corridors opposite Longbeach, Dolphin Beach and at Dune 7.

The municipal traffic division and Nampol traffic department will exercise strict control over road use and adherence to traffic rules and signs. Road blocks have been set up to ensure that road users adhere to regulations.

Road users are reminded to wear seat belts at all times and to adhere to the speed limits and to avoid drinking or using a cell phone while driving. Headlights must be switched on between dusk and dawn, and in foggy or hazy conditions.

Residents and visitors are also reminded that it is prohibited to set off or burn fireworks in residential areas. Permission to shoot fireworks must be obtained from Nampol. If permission has been granted, extreme care should be taken when handling or setting off fireworks. The Pyrotechnician, George King, can be contacted on 081 128 5491 or Dennis Basson can be contacted on 081 122 0888 for more information.

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