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Minister questioned on jet skis: safety, regulation and environmental effects

2 September 2021

Transport Select Committee holds one-off oral evidence session examining the use, regulation and environmental effects of Jet Skis

Witnesses

Wednesday 8 September 2021

At 9.30am

  • Andrew Norton, Director, Personal Watercraft Partnership
  • David Walker, Head of road and leisure safety, ROSPA
  • Dave Brown, Dorset Marine Policing Team Dep Co-ordinator, Dorset Marine Policing Team
  • Bridgett Betts, Environmental Advice Manager, Dorset Council

At 10.30am

  • Robert Courts, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport

Likely subjects for discussion include:

  • What effect, if any, the (a) responsible and (b) irresponsible use of Jet Skis has on (i) the marine environment and (ii) people, including other water users and local residents;
  • Whether regulation by local authorities is effective in tackling the potential downsides of Jet Ski usage;
  • Whether the deleterious effects of Jet Skis are sufficient to require national regulation in statute law, and how such a law might work in practice.

Please note that Parliament has stopped all non-essential visitor access to both Houses due to the circumstances around coronavirus. The session will be available to watch online, and a transcript will be published on the website a few days afterwards.

Further information

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