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  • Consultation: Yarra River rules OK?

    8 October 2019

    Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is proposing to change the rules that apply to boaters, rowers and paddlers on the Yarra River upstream from Bolte Bridge to Dight’s Falls.

  • Regulator suspends accredited Bendigo bus operator

    26 September 2019

    A Bendigo bus operator has had its accreditation suspended by Bus Safety Victoria (BSV) because of concerns about poor condition of buses and the potential for risk to passengers.

  • Will your boat float?

    10 September 2019

    Whether buying a second-hand boat or preparing to dust off your old vessel for summer, Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) says all boats should be properly checked before heading out on the water.

  • Consultation: New rule for jet ski riders on the bay

    5 August 2019

    Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) is inviting feedback on a proposed rule change for the use of personal watercraft (PWC), such as jet skis, on Port Phillip Bay.

  • Tram incident statistics 2018

    3 July 2019

    The number of serious injuries to passengers and railway staff has declined over three years to 2018.

  • Safety Director responds to Supreme Court decision on case against Metro

    7 May 2019

    The Supreme Court of Victoria has dismissed an application by Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) for a review of the decision by the Magistrates’ Court to dismiss the charges against Metro Trains (MTM) for breaches of safety responsibilities, relating to the death of a teen who had been attempting to board a train.

  • Prepare to survive: Know the five

    10 December 2018

    Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) has launched a new boating safety campaign - 'Prepare to survive: Know the five'.

  • Bus safety blitz – Multiple infringements

    20 November 2018

    Bus Safety Victoria spent a busy weekend working with Victoria Police Heavy Vehicle Unit, targeting buses being used to bring tourists to the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, and the Dunkeld Races.

  • NSW rules rule the mighty Murray

    2 November 2018

    NSW and Victoria maritime authorities are joining forces this weekend on the Murray River to remind boaters that NSW boat rules apply along the full length of the river.

  • New emergency radio service improving boater safety

    23 October 2018

    Marine Radio Victoria assisted dozens of stricken boaters and paddlers during its first year of operation, and is ready for another busy season.

  • Regulator prosecutes bus operator after fatal crash on Great Ocean Road

    24 August 2018

    Bus Safety Victoria (BSV), a branch of regulator Transport Safety Victoria, has prosecuted a bus operator after one of his vehicles was involved in a fatal crash on the Great Ocean Road.

  • Update: Transport Safety Victoria’s prosecution of Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd (Metro)

    7 August 2018

    Following a fatality at Heyington railway station on 22 February 2014, Transport Safety Victoria charged Metro Trains Melbourne P/L (Metro) with breaches of the Rail Safety Act 2006 (Vic).

  • Regulator puts jet ski hoons under intense scrutiny

    1 May 2018

    Maritime Safety Victoria is putting jet ski hoons under intense scrutiny, after little sign of improvement in behaviour as the peak season comes to an end.

  • Dee Decker loses accreditation

    26 April 2018

    Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) has suspended the accreditation of Dee Decker Tours.

  • Ride Right: Jet ski safety campaign

    19 April 2018

    Maritime Safety Victoria is helping personal watercraft (PWC) riders play by the rules.

  • 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.