Royal Yachting Association pushing for change in flare regulations
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is calling for the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) to review the carriage requirement for pyrotechnic flares. They are asking them to recognise modern technologies that are now available for distress alerting and locating.
Stuart Carruthers, the Cruising Manager at the RYA, spoke on their official website, saying: “In today’s modern age there is no compelling case to support the mandatory requirement of flares as a practical and useful method of initiating a distress alert and location.”
EPIRBs and GPS linked DSC VHF for distress alerting and signalling lamps or EVDS (Electronic Visual Distress Signals) for final mile location provide mariners with a more effective and far less dangerous means of initiating a distress alert and more importantly a timely response.
However, as effective as they are, these modern technologies are not currently recognised in the UK regulations.
Stuart continued: “The RYA has been shown no persuasive evidence that flares have search and rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology.
"Couple this with the significantly reduced disposal service for flares and the argument for continuing to mandate flares becomes unreasonable and illogical.”
What are your views? Do you feel that the current methods of signalling distress are antiquated? DO you feel these more recent technological advances should be recognised in UK regulations?