3/08/2012

Spotlight on marine safety

The Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has announced its support for the Marine Safety Regulations 2012, which came into effect on July 1, 2012.

BIAV President, Andrew Warner said: “The Minister for Ports, Dr Denis Napthine has kept his word on reducing the level of regulatory burden that recreational boaters would face under the new regulations. Dr Napthine has listened to boaters and he’s got the balance right.

“The Marine Safety Regulations 2012 and increased ‘on the spot’ fines will put the spotlight clearly on boating safety. Boaters simply cannot afford to be complacent about marine safety from here on,” Warner said.

The regulations contain a number of important changes that recreational boaters will need to be familiar with before they hit the water this season. Penalty infringements include:

• ‘On the spot’ tickets for failure to wear a life jacket will double to $281.68
• ‘On the spot’ tickets for forgetting to renew boat registration will rise to $704.20
• $140.84 ‘on the spot’ parking tickets for boaters on the water
• ‘On the spot’ tickets for a flat torch battery will rise to $176.05
• $281.68 ‘on the spot’ tickets for a leaking hull

Recreational boaters can view the new regulations and penalty infringements on the BIAV website: www.biavic.com.au.


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