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Author Topic: Jet Ski News ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FIRST SYDNEY SUMMER JET SKI SAFETY OPERATION  (Read 925 times)

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Jet Ski News ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FIRST SYDNEY SUMMER JET SKI SAFETY OPERATION
« on: December 14, 2018, 12:59:00 PM »
Five people received $500 on-the-spot fines for operating a jet ski without a jet ski licence on a Sydney waterway in the first compliance and education blitz of summer 2019.
 
Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said the $500 fines, which jump to $750 for second or subsequent offences and possible disqualification for obtaining a licence for two years, were issued during the weekend’s focus on jet ski speed, irregular or dangerous riding and belligerent behaviour during Operation Ride Safe.
 
“In addition, the owners of jet skis face another $500 penalty for allowing an unlicensed rider to use the craft,” Mr Mitchell said.
 
“More than 90 penalty notices were issued with the top three reasons being for breaches of speed, irregular riding and not having a specific personal watercraft licence.
 
“If you’re doing the wrong thing, you’ll get caught, and if it’s not next week it will be the week after.
 
“Given it was a ‘zero tolerance’ operation, the compliance rate of 87.4 per cent was a good result as it shows that most people who are heading out on the water in and around Sydney are following the rules designed to keep everyone safe.
 
“Obtaining a licence and passing the required knowledge test is the first rule of jet-skiing. Anyone operating a jet ski must be the holder of a NSW personal watercraft (PWC) licence, attainable only after an individual has applied for assessment after passing their general boating licence.
 
“In order to pass their licence test, PWC licence holders know to follow the signposted speed signs and to ensure to keep a safe distance and speed between a vessel and a person or thing, including another vessel.”
 
Mr Mitchell said it was pleasing to note that of the hundreds of random inspections carried out by Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officers, everyone was correctly wearing a lifejacket. The lifejacket wear message appears to have been effective.
 
During the weekend, 46 Boating Safety Officers, supported by Marine Area Command, carried out more than1100 random safety checks of boaters out on Tuggerah Lakes, Broken Bay/ Hawkesbury River and Sydney Harbour, and south on Botany Bay, Port Hacking and the Georges River.
 
“Seventeen people were fined for operating a jet ski irregularly in a restricted zone, 16 people were fined for speeding in a 10 knot zone,” he said.
 
“Officers assisted when a teenager jumping into the water from the Regentville Bridge on the M4 and was struck unconscious. A passing recreational vessel recovered the individual from the water (unconscious) and transferred ashore to an ambulance crew.
 
“Two BSOs also helped retrieve and reunite a PWC found floating offshore from Tallows Beach with its owner, also picking up two additional skis and transferring three grateful people to Palm Beach after two of the three PWCs broke down.
 
“There will be a continued compliance crack-down through the remainder of the summer boating season, so please follow the rules and ensure the best possible safety for everyone out on the water.”
 
For more information on jet ski safety and licensing, visit https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/maritime/licence/personal-watercraft-handbook.pdf


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