Zero tolerance approach to boaters ignoring life jacket laws

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)
Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officers (BSOs) will be out in force at boat ramps across NSW from Saturday 21 September with zero tolerance to be shown to boaters not observing life jacket laws.

Roads and Maritime Acting Maritime Director Michael Wright said Operation Ramp Check will be carried out before the official start of the boating season to ensure boaters are educated and aware of key boating safety requirements as they launch and retrieve boats.

'Boaters must be prepared and understand changes to boating legislation introduced in November 2010 before heading out on the water,' Mr Wright said.

'BSOs will carry out safety checks to educate boaters on life jacket and other safety equipment, boat ramp etiquette and ensuring navigation lights are correctly fitted.

'Boaters will be reminded authorities have switched to zero tolerance mode when it comes to ignoring life jacket rules and penalties will apply.

'The zero tolerance follows the last two boating season campaigns which reminded boaters life jackets need to be worn more often and in more situations, depending on the boating activity, size of the boat and age of the person. Just like seat belts must be worn in a car, boaters need to understand life jackets save lives.

'Life jackets must be in good condition and either worn or available, depending on circumstances, easily accessible as be the right size for each person on board. Boaters need to ensure life jackets are worn in times of heightened risk, regardless of the size and type of vessel.

'Just like the campaign says, a life jacket never ruined a day on the water. If in doubt, wear one.

'Boaters are also reminded there will be increased activity on Sydney Harbour from 3 to 11 October for the International Fleet Review,' Mr Wright said.

For more information on boating safety and the International Fleet Review, go to: IFR Transport Maritime website or!Transport_Maritme_website

For information on how to get around Sydney during the International Fleet Review, go to:
Internatonal fleet Review Transport website

For more information on boating safety and life jacket requirements, go to: Transport Maritime website or Life Jacket website