By CRAIG McTEAR
THE vexing issue of vehicles on beaches is under scrutiny at Coffs Harbour City Council.
"I raise it because it's by far the most common complaint I get from the community and tourists alike," Councillor Rod McKelvey told Thursday evening's council meeting.
He said vehicles were supposed to slow from 50km/h to 25km/h when people were on the beach around them, but he assumed 'that most of them don't'.
The mix of families, dogs and cars on Coffs Coasts beaches was a big concern, he said.
But the council's lack of action over the problem was 'really not satisfactory'.
Cr McKelvey said he was walking on a beach recently with visitors when a vehicle approached them from behind.
They didn't become aware of it until it sped past only five metres away.
He described it as as un-nerving experience.
"In town we have shared zones where the speed limit is 10km/h," he said.
"I consider this (a beach) to be equal to a shared zone.
"If we can't stop vehicles on beaches, why not have a 10km/h limit."
A report examining the issue will go to a council meeting next month.!
If you have a problem with vehicles on the beach, let us know. Tel: 66502951.