x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Dh1,000 fine for Abu Dhabi rental jet skis without licences

Today is the deadline for Abu Dhabi's jet ski rental shops to register their fleets- those who flout the rules face a fine of Dh1,000 for the first offence.

A Dh1,000 fine will be imposed for every jet ski that is rented out without a licence when the deadline lapses today.  Sammy Dallal / The National
A Dh1,000 fine will be imposed for every jet ski that is rented out without a licence when the deadline lapses today. Sammy Dallal / The National

ABU DHABI // The deadline for Abu Dhabi’s jet ski rental shops to register their crafts has ended.

A fine of Dh1,000 will now be imposed for every jet ski that is rented out without a licence.

The Department of Transport, which regulates the sector, said it would double that penalty if an unlicensed jet ski was found to be rented out for a second time after an initial fine, according to Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

Other breaches that jet ski rental agencies are fined for include failure to ensure that riders stay within the designated zones for jet skis and failure to provide supervisors and coaches with lifeguard skills.

The rules were announced by the department in August and the deadline to register the craft passed yesterday.

“Actually we are trying to register at the moment and hopefully it will be completed by Monday,” said Hassan Al Mazrouie, the manager of Pearl Jet Ski and Boat Rentals in Abu Dhabi.

“Right now we operate six jet skis, and I will be trying to register them soon. I have not heard about a fine though, of course, if we have to pay that would be bad.

“I still believe it is good for jet skis to be registered though, of course, because if there is an accident you need to know who owns the jet ski.

“My friend registered his jet ski, for personal use the other day, he said he had to pay about Dh800 for it, and for insurance I think. I do not know yet how much companies have to pay to register,” Mr Al Mazrouie said.

The rules included provisions for jet ski owners to register their craft. The deadline for these registrations is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The department has said it had asked coastguard and offshore-protection units to carry out patrols and seize the jet skis of those who breach the new regulations, which ban their use in some areas, mainly close to strategic offshore sites.

Jet ski riders also must keep at least 150 metres away from beaches and must not use their machines before sunrise and after sunset.

Jet skis used by people aged under 14 without an instructor or an adult supervisor will be fined Dh500, while those who disturb swimmers will also be punished.

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