Premier Andrew Fahie has said his government intends to put control mechanisms in place to ensure jet skis are disallowed from being operated on all beaches in the British Virgin Islands.
Fahie made the remarks during his contribution to the recently concluded budget debate in the House of Assembly.
“I am working with my government to open up this territory to allow the young people to get their trade licenses. Let them go do jet skis in controlled environments,” he said.
“We will put the legislation in place, we will make sure that it is not in every beach, and we will designate certain areas for it,” Fahie added.
The Premier said the undertaking will significantly assist in providing new revenue streams for the territory and its people.
“I know that we have to get money in this territory and we have spoken to a lot of investors. We have spoken with a lot of our people who have ideas who just need certain things open up in terms of legislation.”
He continued: “We cannot let everything in this country be shut down. How are you going to get the economy run? Every time you name something they tell me why it cannot happen. I told my government unless it is an outright sin, don’t tell me it cannot happen.”
Last year, Opposition Leader and then Junior Minister for Trade Marlon Penn said the NDP government was in the process of developing a policy to allow jet skis to be distributed and operated locally.
As for the larger motorcycles, following Fahie’s initial announcement in early April, Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews said the territory should improve its road network and develop a comprehensive safety programme before larger bikes are introduced.
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