by BIA Vic
The BIAV is urging boaters to have their say on new marine regulations proposed by the Department of Transport.
The BIAV are more than concerned that the new marine regulations will stop recreational boaters from enjoying and using our wonderful aquatic environment. The Government wants to impose a cost recovery mechanism via enforcement of recreational boaters to benefit commercial vessel regulation.
In its statement to members and media, BIAV says: 'Imagine a world where a recreational boater could be fined $2400 for failing to notify the Safety Director of a change of outboard brand (section 14, MSR 2011) or where regulations are deliberately written to trap recreational boaters into $244 penalty infringement notices (section 100(8), MSR 2011). This is not about safety!'
The organisation is urging boaters to say:
• NO to a recreational boat operator license costing new entrants a minimum $643
• NO to people wanting to enjoy water skiing and PWC operations having to fork out $1180 for a license
• NO to the imposition of heavy handed and increased penalties including $120 parking fines for existing boaters
• NO to the Department of Transports unjustified safety case and grab for money
Fill out the form on the BIAV website to send a submission to the Department of Transport and say NO!