25 Mar 2011

Difficulties seen in enforcing alcohol limits on boaties

10:16 pm on 25 March 2011

Harbourmasters say they support a call for a blood alcohol limit for boaties, but it will be very difficult to enforce.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made the recommendation in a report on a collision between a jetboat and a jet ski that killed two people on a Queenstown river in 2009.

The agency ruled alcohol was not a factor, but it was found on the jetboat and had been consumed in small quantities.

Tasman harbourmaster Steve Hainstock says a limit is a good idea, but testing would be hard to carry out.

Wellington harbourmaster Mike Pryce says a national pleasure boat safety forum lobbied the Ministry of Transport for a limit to be set about three or four years ago and the Government needs to hurry up and do it.