Kalamunda does not have any off road vehicles areas. The gravel tracks and roads are within state forest/national parks and can be driven on (as long as there is no signage restricting access) by any road licensed vehicle.
Many tracks are closed and are only for access by authorised vehicles and Fire Appliances. These roads are not maintained and generally have gates across them.
This may also be to reduce the spread of Dieback. More information on State Forest and National Parks is available from Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife Service).
Please refer to EMRC PerthTourism website for Drive Trails in our Eastern Region.The Control of Vehicles (Off-Road Areas) Act 1978 regulates and controls the activities of off road vehicles. Within the Act, an off road vehicle is defined as one which
is not registered for on road use. Within the areas of operation of the Act, off road vehicles can only be used on permitted areas or on private land with the consent of the owner.
Find out on the Recreational Trailbike Riders' Association website. They have developed and provide comprehensive information for riders and their parents. They also have a guide to legal off riding in Western Australia.
An off road vehicle is a vehicle which is not registered under the Road Traffic Act 1974. This means that ordinary vehicles, including four wheel drive vehicles registered for on road use, are not affected.
The Department of Planning and Infrastructure will register recreational vehicles. Exemption from registration applies to:
Registration is for twelve months, with an annual fee of $6 for renewal after initial registration. One number plate, at a further cost of $6, and a Certificate of Registration will be issued for each vehicle. The number plate must be attached to
the rear of the vehicle and the Certificate of Registration carried on the vehicle whenever used in a Permitted Area.
Only a person who has attained the age of eighteen years can register a recreational vehicle. No third party insurance cover is provided with the registration and the third party cover is not compulsory.
Any change of address or transfer of ownership of an off road vehicle must be made in writing to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Vehicle StandardsOff road vehicles must comply with certain prescribed noise and safety standards to qualify for registration and must continue to meet the standards whenever used in Permitted Areas.Minimum safety requirements
relating to the construction and operation of off road vehicles are prescribed in the regulations. The maximum permissible noise levels are also prescribed in the regulations. It is compulsory for all recreational vehicles to be fitted with an
The Act provides for Permitted Areas to be declared for use by off road vehicles.
Permitted Areas may be restricted to certain types of vehicles e.g. mini bike areas, dune buggy areas.
Details of Permitted Areas can be obtained from the local council or the Department of Land Administration.
Failure to comply with the Act The penalties set down for offenders against the act include:
A Court may also order the confiscation of a vehicle for up to one year. Authorised officers appointed under the Act have the authority to request your name and address and to issue infringement notices for offences under this Act.
Authorised officers include members of the Police Force, rangers and certain government officers.
Unregistered vehicles may be impounded by any authorised officer if the ownership of the vehicle cannot be proved.
Further information regarding penalties can be obtained by visiting the State Law Publisher website.
RECREATION VEHICLESCODE OF ETHICS
You get a lot of pleasure from your recreation vehicle just by using it or as part of doing other things, but recreation vehicles can annoy others and spoil the natural environment if they’re not used sensibly. It only takes a few inconsiderate
people to damage the reputation of recreation vehicles users as a whole.
Support this code of ethics when you drive or ride. You’ll keep everyone happy, recreation vehicle users, and the rest.