Consultation starts on proposed changes to life jacket rules

BOAT owners and boat users, industry groups, rescue services and volunteer organisations can have a say about plans to strengthen life jacket requirements in South Australia.

The State Government will consult with the boating community on two proposed options following a spate of drownings.

Currently all vessels operating in South Australian waters must have a life jacket on-board for each person, but it is only recommended children under 12 wear them.

Any changes are expected to borrow from laws in place interstate in Victoria or New South Wales.

New South Wales standards include requirements for life jackets to be worn on vessels

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