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  • Boaters need to expect the unexpected: Lifejacket and EPIRB campaign

    8 February 2018

    Many boaters believe they are experienced enough to handle any situation on the water, and that people who get into strife are foolish or inexperienced. However, accidents can happen to anyone.

  • Trial exemption - Requirements for kayaks and canoes with electric motors

    29 December 2017

    Victorian paddlers who want to fit a small electric motor to their kayaks or canoes will not be required to register their craft or hold a marine licence, as part of a trial exemption in 2018.

  • Changes to laws about children operating personal watercraft

    21 December 2017

    Persons aged under 16 are no longer able to obtain a personal watercraft (PWC), also known as a jet ski, endorsement on their restricted marine licence.

  • Data shows travel can be a real pain

    18 December 2017

    A decade of Victorian emergency room data shows that older women are having serious falls on public transport, whereas those most likely to get badly hurt when boating are young men.

  • Don’t go chasing waterfalls

    6 December 2017

    Boaters and paddlers are warned to stay out of waterways that flooded over the weekend, because of the danger of debris, submerged hazards and changed water levels.

  • Montague St bridge crash: Bus operator charged

    4 October 2017

    A bus operator is facing charges after 12 people were injured when a bus collided with Montague St bridge in South Melbourne.

  • New emergency radio service

    15 September 2017

    Marine safety in Victorian coastal waters has received a major boost with the launch of Marine Radio Victoria, the new marine distress and emergency monitoring service.

  • The end of an era: 130 years of vessel surveys

    8 August 2017

    On 30 June 2017, MSV staff conducted their final domestic commercial vessel (DCV) survey.

  • Transport regulator thanks its partners

    12 July 2017

    Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has reached out to its partners in boating and bus safety compliance to thank them for their continued efforts and joint operations.

  • Director Bus Safety departs TSV

    30 June 2017

    After seven years of administering bus safety in Victoria, Stephen Turner, Director Bus Safety at Transport Safety Victoria, is calling time.

  • Safety education push after PWC blitz

    17 May 2017

    Personal watercraft (PWC) riders can threaten the safety of other waterway users when trying to impress onlookers, according to Transport Safety Victoria (TSV), following a blitz on rogue riders.

  • Buses rev up for Safety Week

    1 May 2017

    With more buses on the road than ever before, Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) and Bus Association Victoria (BusVic) are reminding the community that bus safety is a shared responsibility.

  • PWC riders: Ride right or pay the price

    7 April 2017

    A recent spate of collisions and a wave of public concern has prompted a crackdown on riders of personal watercraft (PWC).

  • Charges after track death

    11 January 2017

    The Director, Transport Safety, David Hourigan, has charged rail operator Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd (MTM) with breaching its rail safety obligations in relation to a fatal accident that occurred at Heyington station in 2014.

  • Paddling deaths on the rise

    15 December 2016

    New figures released by Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) show that the fatality rate among paddlers is increasing.

  • Anglers snap to it

    28 September 2016

    The warmer waters of spring signal the start of the snapper season and the pink skies of sunset and sunrise are the best fishing times. Before you head out, do some simple things like replace stale fuel and ensure batteries are fully charged.

  • Take a rain check on boating on floodwaters

    15 September 2016

    Peter Corcoran, Director, Maritime Safety, said heavy rain has made waterways in Warrnambool, Horsham, Hamilton, Loddon, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera, Gannawarra and Gipplsand unsafe for boating activities.

  • A lifejacket will blow dad's socks off

    26 August 2016

    If your dad is a yachtie, a kayaker, a power boater, jet-skier, salty sea dog or captain of a trusty old tinny; why not get him a lifejacket or a personal locator beacon (PLB) this Father's Day?

  • Bus passengers need to get a grip

    24 August 2016

    More people took a tumble while travelling on a bus in the second quarter of 2016 than at the same time in 2015, mostly when attempting to get on or off.

  • Rise in serious injuries on trams

    19 August 2016

    There has been a significant increase in tram passengers falling and seriously injuring themselves, it has been revealed in Rail Safety Week (August 15-21).

  • Final stop for rogue bus operator

    11 August 2016

    Prosecution "a clear warning to others who choose to operate unsafe bus services in Victoria".

  • Safety regulator releases report on Anglesea kayak incident

    4 August 2016

    Maritime Safety Victoria, a branch of Transport Safety Victoria, has released its report into the rescue of eight kayakers and the loss of four kayaks off Anglesea in May.

  • Bus Safety Week - Media Release

    20 June 2016

    Regulator says you're responsible for bus safety.

  • Don't buy a lemon when buying a boat!

    3 June 2016

    Beware when buying a second-hand boat. Don't buy a lemon!

  • See you at the Winter Boatshow!

    27 May 2016

    See you at the 2016 Winter Boatshow!

  • Update - Anglesea kayak incident

    26 May 2016

    Update - Anglesea kayak incident

  • Regulator investigates Anglesea kayak incident

    5 May 2016

    TSV investigates Anglesea kayak incident

  • How can a positive safety culture be achieved?

    22 April 2016

    Safety culture can generally be described as "the way things are done around here" with respect to safety. It encompasses the values, beliefs, and attitudes held within the organisation that guide the way people behave in the workplace.

  • Rail safety inspections reveal room for improvement

    19 April 2016

    Rail safety inspections reveal room for improvement

  • Recreational boater prosecuted

    14 April 2016

    Maritime Safety Victoria recently prosecuted a recreational boated in the Frankston Magistrates Court for acting as a master of a vessel without a marine licence.