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Posted by on May 08, 2006 at 00:45:48:

Coast Guard Requests Authority to Require 'Proof of Proficiency'

If approved, the provision could lead to mandatory licensing for boaters nationwide.

WASHINGTON D.C. (LNS) - The Coast Guard has asked Congress for authority to establish a "proof of proficiency" requirement for recreational boaters - which, officials conceded, could lead to mandatory nationwide licensing for recreational boat operators.

A legislative change proposal, which was submitted by the Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety, would amend Section 4302(a) of Title 46, United States Code, which gives the Secretary of Transportation authority to prescribe regulations, by adding subsection (4) which would read (The Secretary may prescribe regulations) "establishing minimum requirements for recreational vessel operator proficiency."

California presently doesn't have a mandatory education or licensing requirement for recreational boat operators.

Louis Gerlinger
Log News Service

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