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More off-road offences reported to police this year compared to 2014

By Staff

According to the National Broadcasting Service, twice as many off-road driving offences have been reported to the Police Department in Northeast Iceland this summer compared to last year.  Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland and those found guilty of it can expect a hefty fine.

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15 cases have been reported to the Police Department in Northeast Iceland this year, compared to 8 cases in 2014. Nine motorists have received a fine, which can range between 40 and 150 thousand ISK (272 – 1,019 Euros/300 – 718 USD), for illegal off-road driving.

Read more: A few tips about driving in Iceland

This summer, police officers have been stationed in Drekaskáli cabin, central highlands, in order to patrol the restricted area around Holuhraun lava field. Agnes Blöndal, a representative for the Chief of Police in Northeast Iceland, believes police presence in the area might have a say in this massive increase in reported off-road offences.

Driving off-road in Iceland is detrimental to the environment because it causes irreversible damage to the delicate vegetation in the central highlands. 

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