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Strengthening enforcement of the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft

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Summary

Proposes altering legislation to bring recreational and personal watercraft within scope of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 to ensure safe practices.

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Consultation description

Proposes changing legislation to place bring recreational and personal watercraft within scope of the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

By this change: ​

  • personal watercraft and other recreational watercraft users will be subject to the same safety obligations, where appropriate, that exist for the operators of ships
  • enforcement authorities will have an additional power of prosecution to be used in cases of deliberate or negligent misuse

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Consultation: strengthening enforcement of the dangerous use of recreational and personal watercraft

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Published 6 September 2021