Israeli authorities are tightening regulations on the use of off-highway vehicles, including the sale of them to foreign customers.
The restrictions are being put in place to curb “high-speed and high-end” off-hills, the Israeli press reported Sunday.
The ban is intended to prevent the diversion of public funds for the construction of new off-roads roads and highways.
A recent study by the Institute of Technology, Israel, and the Israel National Parks and Wildlife Service found that the number of off road parts sold by Israelis jumped by nearly 30 percent in the first six months of 2016.
The increase, the report said, was attributed to the increased use of vehicles for off-reservation use.
However, the main reason cited for the increase is the increasing number of cars that can be used to cross roads.
In the past two years, more than 100,000 cars have been sold on the public roads in the Negev desert region of the West Bank, the Institute’s report said.
According to the report, the total number of vehicles in use on the road increased from 14,600 in the second half of 2016 to more than 17,000 in March.
The Institute’s research also found that Israeli motorists spent an average of 3,500 hours in the car each day in 2016.
In contrast, Israelis spent an extra 1,500 to 1,700 hours in vehicles, the institute reported.
According, the Israel Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), which oversees Israeli aviation, had issued new rules for off road traffic in 2015.
The new rules are meant to prevent cars from being used as a means of transportation.
A number of factors are cited as contributing to the rise in the use and diversion of offroad vehicles, such as the growing demand for offroad parts and the need to increase the number and quality of off roads vehicles.
According the ICAO, “the increasing number and availability of off and off road products in the market makes it difficult for Israeli operators to keep up with the requirements of new technology.”
While the Icao said that off- road vehicles should be used only for private purposes, Israel’s Minister of Civil Aviation Yaakov Amidror said that the ministry was not considering any new measures.
“The regulations in the coming years will allow the development of new technologies to enhance the quality of life of the population,” Amidror was quoted by Haaretz as saying.
The Minister added that “all roads are private roads and they have their own rights, regulations, regulations and rules, but if you have a problem, then the problem is with the rules, not with the car.”
In a statement, the IOA said that it had decided to “increase the amount of time spent on the roads by 5 percent each year.”
“This is in line with the current transportation policy, which will provide the best possible service for the population, including by ensuring safety and the comfort of the occupants and the environment,” the statement said.
“We are trying to ensure that we don’t create an unnecessary burden on the citizens and the public, as we did in previous years.”
A spokesperson for the IAA said that “the Ministry of Civil Affairs has not taken any action on this matter.”
In addition to the increase in off- highway vehicle sales, Israel has also recently introduced a number of measures to combat “dangerous off- roads conditions” in the country.
According a report published by the Jerusalem Post, in the past few months, Israel have launched a number in response to the number or type of vehicles on the country’s roads.
Israel also announced a new “road safety policy” to improve the quality and safety of off streets.
“There is a clear message that we are serious about this,” said Israel’s Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, according to the Post.
“It is not about making our roads safer, but rather improving the safety of our public roads.”
The Israeli Ministry of Transportation has also introduced new measures to address the “danger of off driving” in Israeli cities, according the Post, including “new regulations on using off road bikes and walking bikes and a pilot program to educate pedestrians and cyclists.”
In December, the ministry announced that it was considering “provision of parking space for off roads and off-truck use” in some of the countrys biggest cities.