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  • Download Boating Vic to get your boat back in action

    7 October 2020

    You can also vote for where you want to see new boat ramp cameras.

  • Exemption for low-powered kayaks and canoes now permanent

    1 July 2020

    Paddlers of certain low-powered kayaks and canoes are now permanently exempt from licensing and registration rules in Victoria, following a trial exemption that ran from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2020.

  • Smart cameras for safer boating

    28 May 2020

    More boaters will be able to check conditions at their local ramp from the comfort of home as Maritime Safety Victoria launches new cameras across Victoria.

  • Bendigo bus operator fleet grounded

    21 January 2020

    A Bendigo bus operator has had their accreditation suspended by Bus Safety Victoria (BSV) after all its buses were declared unsafe.

  • Bus regulator and Chinese consulate join forces for safety

    15 January 2020

    Bus Safety Victoria  is working with the Chinese consulate (Melbourne) to reduce the risk that Chinese tourists will be involved in bus accidents.

  • Yarra River rules consultation suspended

    20 November 2019

    Following feedback, Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) has suspended consultation on a proposal to change the rules on the Yarra River upstream of Port waters of the Port of Melbourne.

  • New rule for personal watercraft on Port Phillip Bay

    15 November 2019

    Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV) will shortly introduce a new waterway rule restricting ‘irregular’ riding of personal watercraft (PWC) in Port Phillip Bay 5-knot speed restricted zones to reduce safety risks for other waterway users.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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