The bill to prohibit driving on beaches was passed in its second and third readings on Wednesday.
MK Dov Henin (Hadash), the initiator of the bill, pulled the original version because it did not have a sufficiently serious enforcement section.
Henin reworked the bill to give it "teeth" and resubmitted it in this session of the Knesset. The biggest change in the bill is making the act of driving on the beach the violation regardless of any sort of intent. The bill also mandates penalties and areas clearly marked off-limits to vehicles.
The bill's purpose is twofold – to prevent people from getting run over, a series of accidents on the beaches prompted the bill in the first place, and to prevent ecological damage to the beaches from cars.