Boat and trailer checks at Two Rocks

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Department of Transport compliance officers will check boats and trailers at the Two Rocks boat ramp next weekend. Picture: Department of Transport

SKIPPERS, who use Two Rocks boat ramp, are being reminded of the need for regular maintenance of their vessel, trailer and safety equipment before heading out on the water this season.

The Department of Transport will conduct weekend long campaigns targeting boat ramps north and south of the river over the next month to reinforce safe boating practice.

Department of Transport waterways safety director Chris Mather said a campaign involving marine and vehicle compliance officers would focus on boat ramps from Hillarys to Two Rocks on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19.

“To assist the boating community the department produces a free BEST check guide which identifies items under the headings boat, equipment, safety equipment and trailer to be maintained before each trip and lists items for an annual 45 point check,” he said.

Another focus of the operation will be reinforcing the need for skippers to carry in-date flares.

Mr Mather said it was the responsibility of the skipper to ensure the vessel and trailer were properly maintained and that the required safety equipment was on board, in good order and accessible in an emergency.

For more information about boating safety visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine