Dáil Éireann - Volume 600 - 13 April, 2005

Written Answers. - Water Sports Vehicles.

  188. Cecilia Keaveney asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the position on proposals to assist local authorities in adopting regulations on the operation [929] of jet skis within their jurisdiction in which such controls are required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11355/05]

  Mr. Gallagher: The maritime safety directorate and law division of the Department are currently working to bring forward an updated Maritime Safety Bill which takes account of amendments arising from the passage of the Bill through the Seanad.

The Bill provides powers for local authorities to regulate the operation of jet skis and other mechanically propelled sport and leisure craft in their areas. It also increases penalties and includes provision for on-the-spot fines.