Lawmakers: End inspections for kayaks, canoes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Rental canoes and kayaks would no longer require an inspection in Michigan under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Lawmakers last week gave final approval to the legislation.

Supporters say the inspections aren't necessary because canoes and kayaks are made of sturdy material.

The inspections typically are done by local sheriff's officers at a cost of $2 per vessel. There've been reports that some departments have been issuing the decals and pocketing the $2 without conducting an inspection.

The Michigan trade group the Association of Paddlesport Providers is in favor of dropping the inspections. The Department
of Natural Resources was neutral on the bill.

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