§ Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Which body set the standards for normal engine life in the Recreational Craft Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1464). [HL3870]
§ Lord Sainsbury of Turville
The Recreational Craft Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/1464) come into force on 1 January 2005 and replace existing regulations from 1996. The 2004 regulations implement in the United Kingdom, Directive 2003/44/EC that amended the Recreational Craft Directive 94/25/EC and consolidate the text of the 1996 regulations with the new requirements laid down in the amending directive.
Schedule 1 B. 3., to the 2004 regulations, sets out durability requirements for engines, that fall within the scope of the regulations and explains what is considered to be meant by the term "normal life of the engine". The figures quoted in the schedule have been taken directly from directive 2003/44/EC and are based on figures from the United States. These were provided to the European Commission by the International Marine Engine Committee (IMEC), which were assisted in the compilation by TUV, a German test laboratory. IMEC represent marine engine and personal watercraft manufacturers worldwide and include major companies such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Bombardier and Selva.