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COUNCILS TO GET POWERS TO CONTROL JET-SKIS

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Plans to increase safety around Britain's coastline will be announced today at the launch of the Maritime and Coast...
Plans to increase safety around Britain's coastline will be announced today at the launch of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, reported the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

Environment secretary John Prescott will reveal proposals giving local authorities greater control over jet-skis and other high-speed pleasure craft.

There are three million pleasure craft in Britain, ranging from luxury yachts to sailboards, but the latest fad is for so-called personal water craft. These are like motor bikes, with handlebar controls and very high top speeds. Some inexperienced users have been involved in fatal accidents. At present, councils in coastal towns are unable to regulate such craft so the government has decided to introduce legislation to give them greater legal powers. In the meantime there is to be a new, voluntary safety code.

Mr Prescott is also planning to tighten safety on smaller fishing boats despite industry opposition.
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