24 Sep 2013

Compulsory lifejackets being considered by committee

8:51 am on 24 September 2013

Compulsory wearing of lifejackets on small boats in Auckland could be a step closer on Tuesday.

Auckland Council is reviewing its lifejacket regulations and is considering making them compulsory at all times in boats under six metres long.

Of the 215 people who drowned after falling out of their boat in the past 20 years, Water Safety New Zealand says 178 were not wearing a lifejacket.

Half of those that died were on boats smaller than four metres.

Auckland Council's regulatory and bylaws committee will vote on three options: adopting the bylaw, hold a round of consultation or send it to a full council meeting to vote on.