No excuses on the water this summer

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You could be paying up to $200 if you get caught without a lifejacket or speeding on the water this summer.

As part of Safer Boating Week, Maritime NZ and Nelson City Council have announced they will be trialling a “no excuses” policy for recreational boaties not carrying or wearing lifejackets, and those who speed on the water.

The five-knot speed limit when near the shore, swimmers, divers and other boats, will be enforced as unsafe speeds, along with not carrying or wearing lifejackets, are two of the biggest risks of death and injury.

Boaties who break Council’s lifejacket and speed rules will be given infringement notices of up to $200.

The “no excuses” trial will be run for about five days, at different times during summer.

After summer, the trial will be reviewed and decisions made about whether it will be extended in future.