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R651. Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

Rule R651-206. Carrying Passengers for Hire.

As in effect on August 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R651-206-1. Definitions.

(1) "Advanced first aid training" means a course that meets the current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Medical Responder Education Standards.

(2) "Agent" means a person(s) designated by an outfitting company to act in behalf of that company.

(3) "Basic First Aid training" means a course which shall include hands-on training and skills evaluation. Course examples include but are not limited to: the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the National Safety Council, or local hospitals.

(4) "Boating Advisory Council" As defined in R651-202-1.

(5) "Boating Program Coordinator" means a Division employee overseeing Utah's boating program that administers the United States Coast Guard's Recreational Boating Safety grant and Carrying Passengers for Hire program.

(6) "Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)" means a hands on course that shall include training and evaluation that meets the standards of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) course.

(7) "Certificate of Compliance" means a document produced by the Division and signed by a compliance inspector and an agent of the outfitting company certifying that the company has met all the requirements of a site inspection and the Maintenance and Inspection Program for Carrying Passengers for Hire.

(8) "Certifying experience" means vessel operation or river running experience obtained within ten years of the trip leader's or guide's date of authorization by an outfitting company.

(9) "CFR" means U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.

(10) "Compliance inspector" means a person who has been trained and authorized by the Division to perform dock side, dry dock and site visits for outfitting companies.

(11) "Consideration" as defined in Utah Code 73-18-2(6), means something of value given or done in exchange for something given or done by another. Consideration also includes, but is not limited to "commercial gain and commercial activity, as defined in Utah Admin. Code R651-601-12 and -13.

(12) "Deck rail" means a guard structure at the outer edge of a vessel deck consisting of vertical solid or tubular posts and horizontal courses made of metal tubing, wood, cable, rope or suitable material.

(13) "Division" means the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.

(14) "Dockside inspection" means an annual examination of a vessel when the vessel is afloat in the water so that all of the exterior of the vessel above the waterline and the interior of the vessel may be examined. For river trip vessels, the annual dockside inspection may be performed at the company's place of business.

(15) "Dry dock inspection" means an examination of a vessel, conducted once every five years, when the vessel is out of the water and supported so all the exterior and interior of the vessel may be examined. For float trip vessels, the five-year dry dock inspection may be performed at the company's place of business.

(16) "Flatwater River Area" means all river sections defined in Utah Administrative Code R651-215-10.

(17) "Good marine practices and standards" means those methods and ways of maintaining, operating, equipping, repairing and restructuring a vessel according to commonly accepted standards, including 46 CFR, the American Boat and Yacht Council, the American Bureau of Shipping, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and other appropriate generally accepted standards as sources of reference.

(18) "Guide" means an individual authorized by an outfitting company to carry passengers for hire.

(19) "License" means an annual certificate issued by the Division to an outfitting company that authorizes the company to Carry Passengers for Hire.

(20) "Low capacity vessel" means a manually propelled vessel designed or intended to carry no more than two occupants.

(21) "Outfitting Company" as defined in Utah Code 73-18-2(14), means any person who, for consideration:

(a) Provides equipment to transport persons on all waters of this state; and

(b) Supervises a person who:

(i) Operates a vessel to transport passengers; or

(ii) Leads a person on a vessel.

(22) "Person" means:

(a) An individual;

(b) An association;

(c) An institution;

(d) A corporation;

(e) A company;

(f) A trust;

(g) A limited liability company;

(h) A partnership;

(i) A political subdivision;

(j) A government office, department, division, bureau, or other body of government and;

(k) Any other organization or entity

(23) "Program Safety Committee" means 5 members representing their commercial boating industries to make substantive changes to the Maintenance and Inspection Program for vessels Carrying Passengers for Hire.

(24) "River trip vessel" means a vessel, or the components and equipment used to configure such a vessel that is designed to be operated on a whitewater river or section of river. A river trip vessel may be a raft with inflatable chambers or a configuration of metal and/or wood frames, straps or chains, and inflatable pontoon tubes that are integral in maintaining the flotation, structural integrity and general seaworthiness of the vessel.

(25) "Racing shell" means a long, narrow watercraft outfitted with long oars and sliding seats; and specifically designed for racing or exercise.

(26) "Site Visit" means a meeting with an outfitting company for the purpose of inspecting vessels, vessel components and trip leader and guide authorization documents.

(27) "Sole state waters," means all waters of this state, except for the waters of Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge and Lake Powell.

(28) "Towing for hire" means the activity of towing vessels or providing on-the-water assistance to vessels for consideration.

(29) "Trip Leader" is a guide assigned by the outfitting company to be in charge of a carrying passengers for hire trip.

(30) "Trip Log" means a document managed by an outfitting company that lists trip leaders and guides on the water experience.

(31) "Trip Manifest" means a document produced by the outfitting company authorizing a carrying passenger for hire trip

(32) "Whitewater river" means all rivers not designated as a flatwater river area or other Division recognized whitewater rivers in other states.

R651-206-2. Outfitting Company Responsibilities.

(1) Except where exempted by section R651-206-9, each outfitting company carrying passengers for hire on waters of this state shall make application with the Division annually, prior to commencement of operation.

(a) The outfitting company licensing process with the Division requires the completion of the prescribed application form and providing the following:

(i) Evidence of a current and valid business license;

(ii) List of company agent(s);

(iii) Evidence of general liability insurance coverage;

(iv) Payment of the appropriate application fee.

(b) An outfitting company license expires annually on December 31.

(2) Upon successful application with the Division, the Division shall issue a license in the name of the outfitting company.

(a) An outfitting company shall display its license at its place of business in a prominent location, visible to persons and passengers who enter the place of business.

(b) Any outfitting company using a DBA ("doing business as") shall list any and all DBA's on the outfitting company license application. Should new DBA's be formed, the outfitting company shall notify the Division, in writing, within ten days of the action.

(c) Licenses are not transferable. If a business is sold or transferred, a new license application shall be submitted by the new owner(s).

(d) An outfitting company's license shall be issued electronically within a reasonable time period, not to exceed 10 days after the Division receives an eligible and complete application. Licenses will be sent by email to the email address provided by the outfitting company.

(3) An agent of an outfitting company shall certify that;

(a) All the elements of the Certificate of Compliance have been fulfilled,

(b) Each trip leader or guide authorized by the outfitting company has:

(i) Obtained the minimum levels of required vessel operation experience and,

(ii) Obtained the appropriate first aid and CPR certificates.

(c) Copies of the trip manifests are provided for each trip with:

(i) A copy retained by the trip leader and available during the trip,

(ii) A copy to remain on file with the outfitting company for six (6) years.

(5) An outfitting company shall have a written policy describing a program for a drug free workplace.

(6) An outfitting company shall maintain a trip log for each of its trip leaders and guides.

(7) An outfitting company shall maintain a trip manifest for each trip or excursion conducted by the company. The trip manifest shall contain the following information:

(a) Name and address and phone number of the outfitting company;

(b) Name, date of birth of each trip leader and guide assigned to the trip;

(c) Trip departure and arrival locations with dates and/or times; and

(d) A passenger list.

(8) An outfitting company shall maintain a daily or trip operations log for each of its vessels.

(9) A trip leader assigned by the outfitting company shall accompany every commercial trip.

(10) An outfitting company shall ensure that a trip leader or guide conducts a vessel safety check and a passenger orientation prior to embarking on a trip.

(a) The vessel safety check shall include:

(i) A check of the vessel's required carriage of safety equipment;

(ii) A check of the vessel's communication systems;

(iii) A check of the operation and control of the vessel's steering controls and propulsion system; and

(iv) A check of the vessel's navigation lights, if the vessel will be operating between sunset and sunrise.

(b) The passenger orientation shall include:

(i) A passenger count;

(ii) A discussion of safety protocols and emergency operations with passengers on board the vessel;

(iii) The conditions of weather, river, terrain, equipment, travel, housing and vessels that passengers may expect to encounter;

(iv) The personal equipment, clothing and gear that commercial passengers should have for the trip;

(v) The proper fit, wearing, and use of personal flotation devices (PFD);

(vi) Passenger riding and positioning in the vessel;

(vii) Safety procedures for swimming through river rapids and getting back in the vessel;

(viii) Instructions on what to do in the event of a vessel accident; and

(ix) Sanitation, litter prevention and human refuse disposal.

(11) An outfitting company shall ensure that each vessel in its fleet is equipped with the required safety equipment.

(12) An outfitting company shall maintain each vessel in its fleet according to good marine practices and standards.

(a) The outfitting company shall ensure that each vessel used in the service of carrying passengers for hire meets the maintenance and inspection requirements, if such inspections are required of a vessel.

(b) The outfitting company shall maintain a file of its maintenance and inspections for each vessel, or the components and equipment that configure a river trip vessel that is required to be inspected in its fleet. Maintenance and inspection files shall be retained for the duration in which the vessel is in the service of carrying passengers for hire, plus six additional years.

(13) The owner of a vessel carrying passengers for hire shall carry general liability insurance. The insurance coverage shall be determined by the permitting agency.

(14) Upon request of an agent of the Division, an outfitting company shall provide the Division with a copy of the company's:

(a) Liability insurance policy;

(b) Drug free workplace policy;

(c) Trip manifests;

(d) Trip Authorization permits;

(e) A vessel's maintenance and inspection files; or

(f) Trip leader and guide trip logs.

(15) An outfitting company that is registered to carry passengers for hire in another state and possesses a state-issued certificate of outfitting company registration, or similar license, permit or registration accepted and recognized by the Division, where the state has similar outfitting company registration provisions, shall not be required to obtain and display a Utah License of outfitting company registration as required by this section when:

(a) Operating vessels on Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge, and Lake Powell where a trip embarks and disembarks from the out-of-state portion of the lake and less than 25 percent of a trip is conducted on the Utah portion of the lake.

(b) Operating vessels on rivers flowing into Utah where the river trip originates out-of-state and terminates at the first available launch ramp/take-out.

(i) For vessels operating on the Colorado River, the first available take-out is the Westwater Ranger Station launch ramp/take-out.

(ii) For vessels operating on the Dolores River, the first available take-out is the Dewey Bridge launch ramp/take-out on the Colorado River.

(iii) For vessels operating on the Green River, the first available take-out is the Split Mountain launch ramp/take-out.

(iv) For vessels operating on the San Juan River, the first available take-out is the Montezuma Creek launch ramp/take-out.

R651-206-3. Utah Carrying Passengers for Hire (CPFH) Trip Leader and Guide Qualifications.

(1) Unless exempted in R651-206-9, no person shall operate a vessel engaged in carrying passengers for hire on sole state waters unless that person is a trip leader, guide or U.S. Coast Guard Master's License holder authorized by an outfitting company licensed by the Division.

(2) When carrying passengers for hire on the waters of Bear Lake, Flaming Gorge or Lake Powell,

(a) on motorized trips the trip leader authorized by an outfitting company shall have a valid and appropriately endorsed U.S. Coast Guard Master's License.

(b) on non-motorized trips, authorized trip leaders and guides are not required to have a U.S. Coast Guard Master's License.

(3) Every trip leader and guide engaged in carrying passengers for hire shall have in their possession a trip manifest issued by the outfitting company containing the information in R651-206-2(7).

(4) A person qualified as a trip leader on lakes and reservoirs shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) have a valid and appropriately endorsed U.S. Coast Guard Master's License for motorized trips.

(b) Be at least 18 years of age.

(c) Complete a minimum of at least 80 hours of actual vessel operation experience, including 40 hours operating the same or similar vessel on the same lake or reservoir upon which the person shall carry passengers for hire.

(d) Possess a current advanced first aid certification; and

(e) Possess a current CPR certification.

(f) A person qualified to lead as a trip leader on motorized and/or non-motorized trips shall meet the following criteria:

(i) Motorized trips: completion of National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety course.

(ii) Non-motorized trips: completion of a skills course from the American Canoe Association (ACA) or from the World Paddling Association (WPA).

(5) A person qualified as a trip leader operating on whitewater rivers shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.

(b) Complete a minimum of nine river trips on whitewater river sections, including at least one trip shall operate the same or similar vessel on the same river section on which the operator will be carrying passengers for hire.

(c) Possess a current advanced first aid certification.

(d) Possess a current CPR certification.

(6) A person qualified as a trip leader operating on Flat water river areas shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.

(b) Complete a minimum of six river trips on any river section, and at least one trip shall operate the same or similar vessel, on the same river section on which the trip leader will be carrying passengers for hire.

(c) Possess a current advanced first aid certification.

(d) Possess a current CPR certification.

(7) A person qualified as a guide operating on Lakes and Reservoirs, shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) Have a valid and appropriately endorsed U.S. Coast Guard Master's License for motorized trips or

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.

(b) Complete a minimum of at least 20 hours of actual vessel operation experience; Including 10 hours operating the same or similar vessel on the same lake or reservoir upon which the person shall carry passengers for hire.

(c) Possess a current basic first aid certification.

(d) Possess a current CPR certification.

(e) A person qualified as a guide operating on motorized and/or non-motorized trips shall meet the following criteria:

(i) Motorized trips: completion of a National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety course.

(ii) Non-motorized trips: completion of a skills course from the American Canoe Association (ACA) or from the World Paddling Association (WPA).

(8) A person qualified as a guide operating on whitewater rivers, shall meet the following qualifications:

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.

(b) Complete a minimum of three river trips on "whitewater" rivers or river sections, and at least one trip shall operate the same or similar vessel, on the same river section on which the person will be carrying passengers for hire.

(c) Possess a current basic first aid certification.

(d) Possess a current CPR certification.

(9) A person qualified as a guide operating on flatwater rivers, shall meet the following qualifications;

(a) Be at least 18 years of age.

(b) Complete a minimum of three river trips on flatwater or whitewater river sections, and at least one trip shall operate the same or similar vessel on the same river section on which the person will be carrying passengers for hire.

(c) Possess a current basic first aid certification.

(d) Possess a current CPR certification.

(10) An outfitting company shall maintain a trip log for each person certified by the company as a trip leader or guide. The log shall include the person's:

(a) Full legal name and date of birth;

(b) Proof of a current certification in first-aid and CPR.

(c) A record of on water experience including dates of trips.

(11) An outfitting company shall maintain all trip leader and guide trip logs while they are authorized by the company and for a period of at least six years after his/her termination. These records shall be maintained at the outfitting company's designated place of business. The outfitting company, or any employee having access to such records, shall provide it to any peace officer enforcing the provisions of R651-602.

(13) A trip leader or guide shall not carry passengers for hire when unfamiliar with the vessel and the waterway provided there is a trip leader or guide on board who is familiar. An exception to this rule allows a trip leader to lead passengers on an unfamiliar lake, reservoir, or a flatwater river area, as long as there is a trip leader or guide who is familiar with the vessel, the waterway, and remains within sight of the rest of the group.

(14) There shall be at least one trip leader and one guide under the following conditions:

(a) On a vessel carrying more than 49 passengers for hire;

(b) On a vessel carrying more than 24 passengers for hire, and operating more than one mile from shore;

(c) For each passenger deck on a vessel.

(15) Requirements for leading low capacity vessels in a group.

(a) On lakes and reservoirs, there shall be at least one trip leader or guide for every eight low capacity vessels;

(b) On whitewater river sections, there shall be at least one trip leader or guide for every four low capacity vessels.

(c) On flatwater river areas, there shall be at least one trip leader or guide for every six low capacity vessels or racing shells.

(16) A trip leader or guide shall not operate a vessel for more than 12 hours in a 24 hour period.

R651-206-4. Additional Personal Floatation Device (PFD) Requirements for Vessels Carrying Passengers for Hire.

(1) Wearable PFDs are required. Each vessel shall have an adequate number of wearable PFDs on board that meets or exceeds the number of persons on board the vessel. The wearable PFD shall be approved for the activity in which it is going to be used.

(2) In situations where infants, children and youth are in enclosed cabin areas of vessels over 19 feet in length and not wearing PFDs, a minimum of ten percent of the wearable PFDs on board the vessel shall be of an appropriate type and size for infants, children and youth passengers.

(3) Wearable PFDs shall be listed for commercial use on the label.

(4) If PFDs are not being worn by passengers, and the PFDs are being stored on the vessel, the PFDs shall be stored in readily accessible containers that legibly and visually indicate their contents.

(5) Each PFD shall be marked with the name of the outfitting company, in one-inch high letters that contrast with the color of the device.

(6) Vessels that are 26 feet or more in length shall carry a throwable PFD, and it shall be a ring life buoy.

(a) Vessels that are 40 feet or more in length shall carry a minimum of two throwable PFDs.

(b) Ring life buoys shall have a minimum of 60 feet of line attached.

(7) All passengers and crew members shall wear a PFD when a vessel is being operated in hazardous conditions.

(8) The trip leader or guide is responsible for the passengers on his vessel to be in compliance with this section and R651-215.

R651-206-5. Additional Fire Extinguisher Requirements for Vessels Carrying Passengers for Hire.

(1) Each motorboat shall carry a minimum of one type B-1 fire extinguisher. Vessels equipped solely with an electric motor, and not carrying flammable fuels on board, are exempt from this provision.

(2) Each motorboat that carries more than six passengers and is equipped with an inboard, inboard/outboard, inboard jet, or direct drive gasoline engine, shall have at least one fixed U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguishing system mounted in the engine compartment.

(3) Portable fire extinguishers shall be mounted in a readily accessible location, near the helm, away from the engine compartment. For motorized vessels operating on rivers, portable fire extinguishers may be stowed in a readily accessible location near the operator's position.

(4) For vessels carrying more than 12 passengers for hire or providing on board overnight passenger accommodations, smoke detectors shall be installed in each enclosed passenger area.

R651-206-6. Additional Equipment Requirements for Vessels Carrying Passengers for Hire.

(1) Emergency communications equipment.

(a) An outfitting company shall have appropriate communication equipment for contacting emergency services, or, have a policy and emergency communications protocols that describe the quickest and most efficient means of contacting emergency services, taking into consideration the remoteness of the area in which the vessel will be operated.

(b) For vessels traveling in a group, this requirement can be met by carrying one communication device in the group.

(2) Carbon monoxide detectors shall be provided in each enclosed passenger area.

(3) Vessels carrying more than six passengers for hire and operating at a distance greater than one mile from shore shall provide the following:

(a) An appropriate number of life rafts or other lifesaving apparatus(s);

(b) A minimum of three visual distress signals that are approved for day and night use.

(5) Navigation equipment.

(a) Each vessel shall carry a map or chart of the water body and a compass or GPS unit that is in good and serviceable condition.

(b) For vessels traveling in a group, this requirement can be met by carrying a map or chart and a compass or GPS unit in the group.

(c) River trip vessels are only required to carry a map of the water body or river or river sections.

(6) Lines, straps and anchorage.

(a) Each vessel shall be equipped with at least one suitable anchor and an appropriate anchorage system, respective of the body of water on which the vessel will be operating. Any line, when attached to an anchor, shall be attached by an eye splice, thimble and shackle. On lakes and/or reservoirs, low capacity vessels and racing shells are exempt from this requirement.

(b) Vessels operating on rivers are exempt from carrying an anchor, but shall have sufficient lines to secure the vessel to shore.

(c) Lines and straps utilized for anchorage, mooring and maintaining vessel structural integrity shall be in good and serviceable condition.

(7) At least one portable, battery-operated light per trip leader or guide shall be on board, in good and serviceable condition and readily accessible.

(8) First Aid Kit.

(a) Each vessel shall have on board, an adequate first aid kit, stocked with supplies respective to the number of passengers carried on board, and the nature of boating activity in which the vessel will be engaged.

(b) For vessels traveling in a group, this requirement can be met by carrying one first aid kit in the group.

(9) Identification of outfitting company.

(a) An outfitting company shall prominently display its name on the hull or superstructure of the vessel.

(b) The display of an outfitting company's name shall not interfere with any required numbering, registration or documentation display.

(c) If another governmental agency prohibits the display of an outfitting company's name on the exterior of a vessel, the name shall be displayed in a visible manner that does not violate the agency's requirements.

(10) Marine toilets and sanitary facilities.

(a) Each vessel carrying more than six passengers for hire shall be equipped with a minimum of one marine toilet and washbasin sanitary facilities, except for vessels where suitable privacy enclosures are not practical.

(b) The toilet and washbasin shall be connected to a permanently installed holding tank that allows for dockside pumpout at approved sanitary disposal facilities. Vessels that do not have access to dockside pumpout facilities may carry a portable marine toilet and washbasin to meet this requirement.

(c) For vessels traveling in a group, this requirement can be met by carrying one marine sanitation device in the group.

(d) Marine toilets and washbasins shall be maintained in a good and serviceable, sanitary condition.

(e) A vessel that carries more than 49 passengers shall have at least two marine toilets and washbasins, one each for men and women.

(f) A vessel operating on a trip or excursion with a duration of one hour or less, or operating on a river, is not required to be equipped with a marine toilet or washbasin.

R651-206-7. Towing Vessels for Hire Requirements.

(1) Any person or entity that provides the service of towing vessels for hire on waters of this state, shall make application with the Division as an outfitting company.

(2) A vessel engaged in the activity of towing vessels for hire shall comply with the dockside and dry dock vessel maintenance and inspection requirements, plus the additional equipment requirements described in this section.

(3) Any conditions of a contract, special use permit, or other agreement with a person or entity that is towing vessels for hire, shall not supersede the boating safety and assistance activities of a state park ranger, other law enforcement officer, emergency and search and rescue personnel, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, or any other person providing "Good Samaritan" service to vessels needing or requesting assistance.

(4) Any vessel receiving assistance from a state park ranger, other law enforcement officer, emergency and search and rescue personnel, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, or any person providing "Good Samaritan" service need not be turned over to, or directed to a person or entity registered with the Division and authorized to tow vessels for hire, unless the operator or owner of the vessel receiving assistance specifically requests such action.

(5) A trip leader or guide towing vessels for hire shall immediately notify a law enforcement officer of any vessel they assist, if the person reasonably believes the vessel being assisted was involved in a reportable boating accident or the operator or occupants pose a threat to themselves or others.

(6) A trip leader or guide towing vessels for hire shall not perform an emergency rescue unless he reasonably believes immediate emergency assistance is required to save the lives of persons, prevent additional injuries to persons onboard a vessel, or reduce damage to a vessel, and a state park ranger, other law enforcement officer, emergency and search and rescue personnel, or a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is not immediately available, or a state park ranger, other law enforcement officer, or emergency and search and rescue personnel make such a request for emergency assistance.

(7) The owner of a vessel engaged in towing vessels for hire shall carry general liability insurance. The insurance coverage shall be determined by the permitting agency.

(8) A vessel engaged in towing vessels for hire, shall be a minimum of 21 feet in length and have a minimum total of a 150 hp gasoline engine(s) or a 90 hp diesel engine(s). The towing vessel should be as large as or larger than the average vessel it will be towing.

(9) An outfitting company shall provide appropriate types of training for each of its trip leaders or guides. Each trip leader or guide shall conduct a minimum of five training evolutions of towing a vessel each year, with at least one evolution being a side tow.

(10) The trip leader or guide and any passengers on board a vessel engaged in towing vessels for hire, shall wear a PFD at all times. The trip leader or guide is responsible for all occupants of a vessel being towed wear a properly fitted PFD for the duration of the tow.

(11) An outfitting company engaged in towing vessels for hire shall keep a log of each tow or vessel assist. The towing vessels for hire log of activities shall include:

(a) Assisted vessel's assigned bow number.

(b) Name of assisted vessel's owner or operator, including address and phone number.

(c) Number of persons on board the assisted vessel.

(d) Nature of assistance.

(e) Date and time assistance provided.

(f) Location of the assisted vessel.

(g) The trip leader or guide of the vessel towing for hire shall make appropriate radio or other communications of the above actions with a person on land preferable at the outfitting company's place of business.

(h) Upon request of an agent of the Division, an outfitting company shall provide the Division with a copy of a towing vessels for hire log.

(12) Additional equipment requirements for vessels towing for hire:

(a) PFDs.

(i) Shall carry a sufficient number of Wearable PFDs, approved for the activity engaged in, for all persons on board a towed vessel.

(ii) Shall carry a minimum of two throwable PFDs, one of which shall be a ring life buoy.

(b) Shall be equipped with a depth finder.

(c) Shall be equipped with a tow Line.

(i) Shall be a minimum of 100 feet of 5/8" line with a tow bridle.

(ii) Towing vessel shall be equipped with a towing post or reinforced cleats.

(d) Vessel shall carry a dewatering pump with a minimum capacity of 25 gallons per minute, to be used to dewater other vessels.

(e) If a vessel is towing for hire between sunset and sunrise, the vessel shall carry the following pieces of equipment.

(i) A white spot light with a minimum brightness of 500,000 candle power.

(ii) It is recommended that a vessel be equipped with electronic RADAR equipment.

(f) Vessel shall carry a loudhailer, speaker, or other means of communicating with another vessel from a distance.

(g) Vessel shall carry the following equipment, in addition to the equipment required for vessels carrying passengers for hire.

(i) A knife capable of cutting the vessel's towline;

(ii) A boat hook;

(iii) A minimum of four six-inch fenders;

(iv) Binoculars;

(v) A jump starting system;

(vi) A tool kit and spare items for repairs on assisting vessel; and

(vii) Damage control items for quick repairs to another vessel.

R651-206-8. Maintenance and Inspections Program of Vessels Carrying Passengers for Hire.

(1) Each outfitting company carrying passengers for hire shall have a current copy of the Maintenance and Inspection Program for Carrying Passengers for Hire. The outfitting company shall comply with all the necessary sections of the Program.

(2) The Division shall request the formation of a safety committee by the Boating Advisory Council as defined in R651-202-1 for the purpose of overseeing, maintaining, and recommending any substantive changes to the program.

(i) The members of this safety committee shall be selected and directly report to the Boating Advisory Council.

(ii) This committee shall consist of five members:

(a) two members representing the industry for non-float trip vessels in Utah;

(b) two members representing the industry for float trip vessels in Utah;

(c) and one member representing a state or federal agency responsible for managing or regulating the activity of carrying passengers for hire in Utah.

(iii) This committee shall convene when the Boating Advisory Council hears a proposal that requests substantive changes to the program or the Division's Boating Program Coordinator requests an evaluation of the program.

(iv) The Division's Boating Program Coordinator shall have authority to assign or delegate responsibilities among the safety committee members.

R651-206-9. Exemptions to R651-206.

(1) Owners and employees of a migratory bird production area created under Title 23, Chapter 28, Migratory Bird Production Area and operating within that Migratory Bird Production Area shall not be considered an outfitting company.

(2) The Director or his designee may exempt a charitable organization or volunteer, meaning a person donating service without pay or other compensation, from an outfitting company's licensing requirements, upon submission of a written application and request for hearing, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Utah Code Ann. 63G-4-201(1),Utah Admin. Code R651-101 et seq. and as further set forth in these rules. The determination shall be made after a hearing, and upon showing by a preponderance of the evidence.

R651-206-10. Enforcement.

(1) Outfitter Violations

(a) Suspension, Revocation or Denied License

(i) Pursuant to the procedures set forth in Utah Code Ann. 63G-4-201(1),Utah Admin. Code R651-101 et seq. and these rules an outfitting company's annual license with the Division may be suspended, denied, or revoked for a length of time determined by the Division director or designee, if one of the following occurs:

(ii) The outfitting company's, or agent's negligence caused personal injury or death as determined by due process of law;

(iii) The outfitting company or agent is convicted of three violations of Title 73, Chapter 18, or rules promulgated thereunder during a calendar year period;

(iv) False or fictitious statements were certified or false qualifications were used to qualify a person authorized by the outfitting company as a trip leader or guide;

(v) The Division determines that the outfitting company intentionally provided false or fictitious statements or qualifications when making application with the Division;

(vi) The Division determines that the outfitting company intentionally provided false statements or qualifications when certifying the condition of a vessel or equipment;

(vii) The outfitting company has utilized a private trip permit for carrying passengers for hire and has been prosecuted by the issuing agency and found guilty of the violation;

(viii) The outfitting company used a non-authorized trip leader or guide while engaging in carrying passengers for hire; or

(ix) The outfitting company is convicted of violating a resource protection regulation or public safety regulation in effect by the respective land managing and/or access permitting agency.

(2) Guide or Trip Leader violations.

(a) Pursuant to the procedures set forth in Utah Code Ann. 63G-4-201(1),Utah Admin. Code R651-101 et seq. and these rules, an outfitting company's annual license with the Division may be suspended, denied, or revoked for a length of time. The privilege to guide or carry passengers for hire may be suspended, revoked, or denied by the Division or the outfitting company if a trip leader or guide is convicted of the following offence(s):

(i) Three violations of the Utah Boating Act, Title 73, Chapter 18, or rules promulgated thereunder driving under the influence or reckless driving while carrying passenger for hire, as set forth in the Traffic Code, Utah Code Ann. 41-6a-501 and 53-3-231;

(ii) The Division determines that the trip leader or guide intentionally provided false or fictitious statements or qualifications to obtain authorization to carry passengers for hire by an outfitting company.

KEY

boating

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

March 25, 2019

Notice of Continuation

January 7, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

73-18-7(18)(d)


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R651, please contact the promulgating agency (Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.