Breathalysers for leisure boaters

Government could bring in drink law by 2008 season

Leisure boaters will have to undergo breathalyser tests in new laws governing drinking on board.

The British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association met with Department for Transport officials on Tuesday (24 July) to discuss the implementation of the planned laws, which were announced three months ago to widespread condemnation around the boating industry.

The BMF and RYA say: “Ministers are committed to introducing regulations that will bring about a breathalyser for non professional mariners.”

They warned the regulations could be implemented by the 2008 boating season, following a consultation in this autumn.

The limit will be the same as that to which car drivers and commercial mariners must adhere.

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“Following the meeting, the BMF and RYA remained committed to ensuring that regulation, if introduced, will be fair and enforceable. Both organisations will continue to work constructively with Government to achieve workable regulations and safeguard the interests of boat users and the industry.”