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Watercraft: Accident and Casualty Reporting [4 VAC 15 ‑ 400]
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Chapter Information
Description This regulation provides a recreational boating accident casualty reporting system, at the state level, in compliance with federal law and the Code of Virginia. A marine casualty reporting system, approved by the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and meeting the requirements of 46 U.S.C. 6102, is a required component of Virginia's State Recreational Boating Safety Program Agreement for the receipt of financial assistance in support of boating safety education, assistance, and enforcement activities. This regulation is essential to protecting citizen safety in recreational boating. It implements an immediate notification process in the event of an occurrence involving loss of life or disappearance. Specific requirements are provided that facilitate investigations of such occurrences. It establishes applicable timeframes for submitting casualty or accident reports and stipulates the information required for subsequent investigation. Preventative measures to mimimize accidents can be developed and implemented in accordance with insights gained from the accident reporting system.
State Authority ยง B29.1-739. of the Code of Virginia . Duty of operator involved in collision, accident or other casualty; immunity from liability; report of collision, etc;. summons in lieu of arrest .
Federal Authority 33 CFR Part 173, Vessel Numbering and Casualty and Accident Reporting, Subpart C-Casualty and Accident Reporting, Sections 173.51, 173.53, 173.55, 173.57, 173.59.

33 CFR Part 174 State Numbering and Casualty Reporting Systems, Subpart C-Casualty Report
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To enable law enforcement authorities to effectively investigate the cirumstances of accidents and fatalities which occur in recreational boating. To provide for uniform boating accident and casualty reporting requirements which comply with federal laws and regulations.
Meetings See all meetings (10) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Frances Boswell  
Address: 4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
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Telephone: (804)367-9149    FAX: (804)367-0405    TDD: ()-
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Date Filed Status
12/19/2000 Retain As Is