Dept of Transport issues boat safety warning

Dept of Transport issues boat safety warning

A COMPLIANCE crackdown at northern suburbs boat ramps raised concerns about the number of skippers not doing basic checks, the Department of Transport says.

Compliance and investigations manager Peter Beattie said more than a quarter of skippers checked in October were turned away from the ramp for failing to comply with safety requirements.

Of the 240 checks conducted, department staff found 63 were non-compliant, with many having out-of-date flares and defective trailers.

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They issued one infringement for an unregistered vessel and 20 cautions – 19 for defective trailers and one for flares.

“Skippers are responsible for the regular maintenance of their trailer, vessel and safety equipment, which includes checking that flares and EPIRBs have not expired,” Mr Beattie said.

The pre-summer safety blitz saw marine and vehicle compliance officers target boat ramps from Hillarys to Two Rocks on October 29 and 30.

Mr Beattie said skippers should check their boat, trailer and safety equipment.