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MP blasts Government for “delaying” crackdown on jet skis in British waters

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Plaid Cymru’s Hywel Williams desires ministers to go sooner in imposing curbs on the highly effective machines

An MP desires curbs on jet skis

Ministers are tonight urged to speed-up a crackdown on jet skis plaguing British waters.

A number one MP referred to as on the Government to press forward with curbs on the highly effective machines he says are blighting elements of the coast.

Plaid Cymru’s Hywel Williams blasted the Tories for delays to contemporary legal guidelines he hopes will lastly sort out rogue riders careering by means of the waves.

The Mirror instructed final November how he was pioneering a parliamentary Bill for a licensing scheme.

But regardless of solutions the Government would act, it has to this point did not set out a timetable for a clampdown.

Mr Williams says he was “given assurances” by Maritime Minister Robert Courts final autumn that “plans were underway for legislation”.








Maritime Minister Robert Courts
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But, in a letter to Mr Williams this month, Mr Courts claimed the “development” of contemporary legal guidelines “has taken longer than anticipated”.

In the letter, seen by the Mirror, he wrote: “Progress continues to be made.

“However, although the intended outcome may appear simple, the legal drafting discussions have been extremely complex.”

Mr Courts warned the MP: “I am unable to give you a definitive timetable but note that we are now close to finalising the draft legislation and consultation paper.”

Currently, anybody can purchase a jet ski, take it to the seaside and cruise at high speeds of between 40mph and 70mph.

X-Factor choose Simon Cowell and TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson have repeatedly been pictured driving the machines on holidays in Barbados.







Simon Cowell has been pictured having fun with driving jet skis



But Plaid desires to tighten guidelines following a string of accidents and delinquent behaviour.

Mr Courts insisted that “subject to consultation responses” ministers would “seek to bring these provisions into force as soon as possible”.

Blasting the “frustrating” delay, Mr Williams referred to as on ministers to “set a timetable to end this free-for-all and bring in robust laws to protect both the public and our precious wildlife”.

“They have failed to act in time for this summer season and we still don’t know when they will actually do something,” he mentioned.

“They say it’s sophisticated to suit any grow to be present legislation – so why don’t they create in a brand new particular legislation to sort out the issue?








Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams
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“Instead, they’ve allowed this important matter of public safety and environmental protection to drag on and on.”

The MP for Arfon, Gwynedd, mentioned a file variety of guests had flocked to North Wales seashores this summer season.

“They have come to enjoy the beauty and the quiet of our coast and our mountains – and yes, some come to enjoy using jet skis,” he mentioned.

“Most jet ski users are capable and responsible, many have done the training and stick to the user’s code – but it’s all voluntary.

“Despite warning the Government about the danger, we are in the middle of yet another summer of unlicensed jet ski use.

“Last year we saw the dangers to swimmers, sailors, and surfers result in injury and deaths.

“We cannot have more of the same again.”

A DfT spokesman mentioned: “While there are already laws in place to ensure our coastal areas are safe and enjoyable for all, the Department is currently considering further legislative options to make our waters even safer and plans to consult on these shortly.”

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