Release Date: 02/08/2008

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission added two amendments to a proposed rule regarding emergency cutoff switches for select hand tiller outboard motor vessels proposed last month.

The amendments would exempt sailboats and hand tiller operated boats with a 10 horsepower or less motor from requiring an emergency cutoff switch.

The notice of intent would require operators of Class A (up to 16 feet) and Class One (16 to less than 26 feet) motorboats that already have an existing engine cut-off switch and are equipped with a hand tiller outboard motor in excess of 10 horsepower to use engine cut-off switches.  The engine cut-off switch on these types of boats would have to be attached to the operator via a lanyard while the vessel is under way.  Any motorboat manufactured without an engine cut-off switch would not fall under this new rule.  This rule also would not apply to any commercial activity.

Written comments on these amendments to the notice of intent can be submitted to Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, Enforcement Division, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98,000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 no later than April 3, 2008.

For more information, contact Sgt. Rachel Zechenelly at 225-765-2984 or rzechenelly@wlf.louisiana.gov.