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Seat Belts on Golf Carts? Add your Name to Say No to Future Regulations

Earlier this spring, WorkSafeBC requested public input on proposed regulatory amendments that would place a new requirement for seatbelts on power carts. While WorkSafeBC has said that “the proposed changes would not affect the public or golfers,” they also say that “additional consultations and public hearings will be conducted this fall.”

This review worries us, due to substantial costs that would be required to retrofit golf carts across the province.

There are an average of 60-75 golf carts per 18-hold golf course in BC. Upgrades to each cart are estimated to range from $1,500 to $2,000, costing $90,000 to $150,000 per golf course. The total expense to the BC Golf Industry is estimated between $15M and $20M.

The regulations, as initially proposed, would have included seat belts for golfers playing a round, or participating in a tournament in their capacity as an employee of their company.

Golfer’s will not use seat belts while golfing, and forcing them to do so will only cause golfing tourists to stay out of BC and take their tourism dollars elsewhere.

Help the BC golf and tourism industries make sure this silly idea is not resurrected this fall by sending a letter to the Ministers responsible for WorkSafe and for Tourism.

Voice Your Opinion

Add your name below. Support the BC golfing industry and say NO to seat belts or rollover protection as unnecessary for golfer’s safety, and an unnecessary cost:

 

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    Bill MacKinnon Reply

    Sounds a little over the top to me and most people that I know.

    September 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Don Corner Reply

    Ridiculous overkill by an NDP government to impose restrictions on a sport thousands of us Senior golfers who because of age and health must use a motorized golf cart!!!

    September 14, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    Les Pockett Reply

    Focus on the things that matter.

    September 14, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Helen Ablett Reply

    Sounds a bit much to me, it is ridiculous to suggest seat belts in golf carts. I personally own one and have never come close to falling out or tipping the cart.

    September 18, 2019 at 7:47 am
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    David Mocock Reply

    What’s next? Course marshals to issue tickets and fines for not wearing a golf cart seat belt? Could it be another fund raiser for ICBC?

    November 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Warren Gionet Reply

    I understand the concept for safety reasons. I am sure this was born after an investigation into a fatality that involved a golf cart. In the investigation there has to be a preventative action.There is more to life than just being safe. Some people like jumping out of airplanes as an example. However, the facts are, that people will not use seatbelts unless they are forced to and this will require strict enforcement. Who is going to do that?No sense in having roll bars unless you are wearing a seat belt. Worksafe’s Mandate is to have regulations that protect employees from mismanagement not the general public from their own stupidity. The golf course has a responsibility to provide a service in a reasonable manner. Negligence on their part or the publics part can be dealt with in other ways.

    November 9, 2019 at 10:35 am

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