Plymouth Magistrates’ Court have today issued a fine totalling £5,560 to a water user guilty on two counts of navigating without care and caution and exceeding the speed limit onboard their Personal Water Craft (PWC) in the Cattewater. The defendant was found to be doing 47 knots in an 8 knot speed area.
A spokesperson for Cattewater Harbour, the commercial port of Plymouth said:
“Nearly £16,000 has been issued in fines to personal water craft users who have chosen to ignore the speed limits in place on the Cattewater in 2022.
Speed limits are in place as a result of a continual risk assessment process. They are a key control measure in helping to make the water safer for our stakeholders, which includes leisure users, clubs, schools, commercial and leisure vessels, as well as the marine life that share our waters.
With today’s fines and costs totalling £5,560 it is a strong message that unsafe behaviour on the water will not be tolerated, and enforcement action will be taken when necessary to ensure the waters of Plymouth remain safe to all users.”
The Port of Plymouth does operate a Personal Water Craft Registration scheme.
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