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Repeal unused power to breathalyse lesiure sailors

Comment 18th July 2010

Part IV of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003 enables regulations to be made to exempt certain classes of non-professional mariner from the marine equivalent of drink-drive laws.   Attempts to devise workable regulations have failed, with the previous government's proposals leading to such ludicrous positions as a skipper having a couple of drinks when safely moored up at the end of a day's sailing committing a criminal offence.  As the RYA has pointed out, there is no evidence that new legislation is needed in this area.  The primary power should therefore be repealed.

Why does this matter?

1.  It would remove unnecessary  and unworkable legislation from the statute book.

2.  It would reduce public sector enforcement costs.

3.  It would prevent unnecessary state interventions in safe leisure activities.

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