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E-M:/ PWC Info
As an officer in our lake association I get all
kinds of questions, but one really has me stumped.
One of our members, who is a not a resident of Michigan
insists that the DNR PWC Pamphlet discriminates against non-residents-----as
". . . persons who are not residents of this state SHALL
ONLY OPERATE A PWC IF . . ." He goes on to say, "This means I
need a safety certificate. A DNR cop is the one who originally told
me. They don't talk about any specific age in this section, only out of
stat residents. ALL out of state residents."
I have told him that I see nothing discriminatory to out of
state residents. There is nothing required of them that is not required of
those who live in Michigan. Non-residents can even get an equivalent
boating safety certificate in their own state that is acceptable in Michigan, or
a certificate from a course approved by the National Association of State
Boating Law Administrators.
Further, the non-residents have been given an additional yeart
to comply with regulations which were imposed on Michigan residents on April 1,
1999. As of April 1, 2000, ALL people born AFTER DEcember 31, 1978 and
operating a PWC in Michigan must have an approved boating safety
certificate. The person who asked the original question was born BEFORE
December 31, 1978.
Aren't the people in this age group "grandfathered"
in, and not required to have a certificate?
Further, don't the age requirements remain the same for
resident and non-resident?
Wasn't the DNR officer wrong
to tell him he needed a certificate?
I would appreciate an answer from anyone, especially in the
DNR, who is absolutely positive that their answers to the questions above are
the definitive answers as intended and postulated by the DNR.