Originally Posted by Poly
I think I started that so lets discuss it!
(1) Look at mandatory 3rd party insurance for powerboats (or all boats). Inevitably if there is correlation between risk and training, then underwriters would be able to offer financial incentives for appropriate training. It is much easier to manage boats coming on/off the water or in/out harbours/marinas than to know who is driving a boat and how out at sea.
(2) Encourage boat sales to focus on training, kill cord placement / design / labelling / engineering to make their use more effective / automatic. How many vendors selling a £20k+ boat include any training with it other than a basic handover.
(3) Refuse to publish any pictures or adverts where kill cords are not being worn.
(4) Provide advertising posters showing (visually as per cigarette packets) what happens if you don't wear a cord to harbours, marinas, slipways and clubs. I'm sure you could even put your logo on them to add that extra bit of "professional credibility".
If it turns out that:
(1) the accident last weekend was by someone who had been trained OR
(2) the kill cord was being worn but failed in some way / became detached
will you be dropping your campaign?
If next week there is a family killed "because" they don't have lifejackets on will you begin another campaign?
I spoke with Hugo for over half an hour this afternoon about this very thread.
The four points listed above by Poly are exactly what HMS brought up.
I told him that I was against legislation, actually more against "knee-jerk" legislation, and the whole whirlpool of financial burden and taxation (same thing) that would bring.
But it came down to the seatbelt analogy..........re KC's, if they're there only the daft don't wear them and some won't simply because it's the law, others forget.
But there's nothing wrong with compulsory third party insurance and the resultant lowering of a premium that a competence ( or awareness of hazards ) test would provide.
As an editor of a publication at the front of our interests he has a responsibility to react to certain circumstances but also act in the best interests of his readership.
After our chat I don't believe his reaction was not considered but perhaps a little lacking in explanation as to the broader consequences for all of us RIB users and indeed boaters.
I still believe that the consequences of legislation may take the wrong path if not monitored.
It will be down to us to keep on top of it as do the Motorcycle Action Group with matters relating to two wheels and legislation.
But we need to do it together.