Law on lifejackets
PLANS to make lifejackets compulsory for kids could one day apply to everyone.
Maungakiekie MP Sam Lotu-Iiga has introduced a member’s bill to Parliament that would make wearing a lifejacket compulsory for children up to 15 on boats 6 metres in length and under.
The proposal only relates to youngsters up to 15 but Mr Lotu-Iiga say he expects a select committee to examine whether it should be extended to all ages.
There are on average 17 recreational boating deaths a year.
‘‘Even though lifejacket wearing rates have increased markedly in recent years, many boat users still do not wear lifejackets regularly,’’ Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
‘‘As a consequence fatalities that could have been avoided on our waters con-
Education first: Ponsonby Cruising Club commodore Dave Frederick says competent boaties don’t need to be further legislated into safety.