Lifejacket Bylaw Review – Have your say
WaterSafe Auckland, together with a number of community leaders, health, safety and injury prevention groups, and individuals has been working to strengthen the Auckland’s Navigation Safety Bylaw by making the wearing of lifejackets compulsory in small vessels*. A number of New Zealand Councils already have such a regulation in place.
The present Bylaw requires lifejackets to be carried and worn at times of heightened risk, at the discretion of the skipper.
Auckland Council is reviewing the current regulations and we urge you to have your say by completing a short survey (everyone who completes it has a chance to win a lifejacket). There will also be further opportunity to comment when the draft Bylaw is available for public feedback later this year.
Click here to go to the survey.
*Maritime NZ research shows recreational boating deaths occur more frequently in vessels under 6 metres, and that many of these deaths could have been prevented if the person had been wearing a lifejacket.