NEW NATIONAL 4WD TRACK CLASSIFICATION POLICY INTRODUCED

The ANFWDC has adopted this track classification system as a national policy with the aim of having all State and Territory Land Management authorities adopt this system and participate in the classification process

The Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council Inc (ANFWDC) says it gratefully acknowledges the work done by Parks Victoria and Four Wheel Drive Victoria in the development of this classification system.

What is the 4WD Recreational Track Classification?
It is a classification system for four wheel drive tracks on public land.

Why was the system developed?
Four wheel driving is a popular recreational activity on roads and tracks across National Parks and Reserves and State Forests. The classifications will enable visitors to understand the nature of a track before beginning their journey. It will allow them to plan their trip for enjoyment, safety and comfort.

Who developed the system?
Representatives from Parks Victoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) and Four Wheel Drive Victoria worked together to develop the system.

What criteria will be used to classify tracks?
There will be six criteria used:

  1. Standard symbols/signage
  2. Terrain and track conditions
  3. Vehicle suitability
  4. Recovery Equipment
  5. Driver training and experience
  6. Weather variations

Explained further, these criteria are as follows:

  1. Standard symbols and signage are used depicting easy to very difficult tracks.
  2. The terrain and track conditions aim to provide a general description of the likely terrain and have limited subjective comments such as ‘boggy’ or ‘rutted’ as these can be interpreted differently by individuals.
  3. The suitability of a vehicle relates to high/low range capability, ground clearance and tyres.
  4. The recovery equipment is advisory only and in line with Tourism Adventure Activity Standards and is not mandatory.
  5. This is to guide the inexperienced driver that it may be in their best interest to have driver training or further experience before attempting more difficult terrain.
  6. Drivers need to be aware of changing weather conditions and how this may affect tracks they are using or planning to use. The tracks are classified in dry conditions and most medium, difficult and very difficult tracks will become more difficult in wet weather.

How will tracks be classified?
Trained assessors from 4WD clubs, together with National Parks rangers or other land managers, will undertake the assessment of tracks. Please refer to the table above to see the classification matrix.

For more information on this policy, please visit www.4wda.com.au