Coast Guard weighs engine-cutoff switch regulation

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The Coast Guard is seeking public comment about whether changes are needed to the regulations covering standard safety features on certain recreational vessels.

Specifically, the Coast Guard wants comments about whether it should require engine cutoff switches as a standard safety feature on propulsion machinery and/or starting controls installed on vessels less than 26 feet in length, and whether it should require operators of those vessels to use engine cutoff switches.

The cutoff switches, commonly referred to as a “lanyard,” are generally seen on personal watercraft.

Comments should address the public safety aspects of the new requirements, as well as the cost implications and regulatory burden.

The comment period closes Sept. 6.

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