The Directive uses many terms which are official and bureaucratic jargon,
this can make what is a relatively simple directive rather baffling and
heavy going to the reader. Below is a short list of terms as defined by the
recreational craft regulations.
the 1987 Act - the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
authorised representative - any person established in the Community
who has received a written mandate from the manufacturer to act on his
behalf with regard to the latter's obligation under the directive.
CE marking - the CE conformity marking referred to in regulation 8
consisting of the initials "CE"
the Directive - Directive 94/25/EC [Download
94/25/EC] of the European Parliament and of the Council on the
approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the
member States relating to recreational craft.
the Commission - the Commission of the European Communities
component - any one of the components referred to in Schedule 2 of
the directive, when placed on the community market and when intended for
installation in recreational craft
enforcement authority - in Great Britain, weights and measures
authorities and in Northern Ireland, every district council.
engine family - the manufacturer's grouping of engines which, through
their design, are expected to have similar exhaust emission characteristics
and which comply with the exhaust emissions requirements of the Directive;
essential requirements - the requirements in Annex 1 of the directive
harmonised standard - a technical specification adopted by the
European Committee for Standardisation or the European Committee for Electro
technical Standardisation or both upon a remit from the Commission in
accordance with Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the
Council laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the
field of technical standards and regulations and of rules on Information
Society services [Link
to Harmonised Standards]
major craft conversion - a conversion of a craft which: (a) changes
the means of propulsion of the craft; (b) involves a major engine
modification; or (c) alters the craft to such an extent that it is
considered a new craft.
major engine modification - means the modification of an engine
which: (a) could potentially cause the engine to exceed the emission limits
set out in Annex I.B., which is set out in Schedule 1, excluding routine
replacement of engine components that do not alter the emission
characteristics; or (b) increases the rated power of the engine by more than
manufacturer -any person who designs and manufactures a product or
who has such a product designed and/or manufactured with a view to placing
it on the market on his own behalf, and in respect of a product which
requires a declaration specified in Annex III, which is set out in Schedule
3, shall include the builder of that product.
means of propulsion - means the mechanical method by which the craft
is driven, in particular marine propellers or waterjet mechanical drive
notified body – defined under regulation 11 of the directive
personal watercraft - a vessel less than 4 metres in length which
uses an internal combustion engine having a water jet pump as its primary
source of propulsion and designed to be operated by a person or persons
sitting, standing or kneeling on, rather than within the confines of, a
hull. (Often referred to as ‘PWC’ or ‘Jet ski’.)
placing on the market - includes (except for the purposes of the
definition of component, regulations 3(1)(c)(ii), 3(2), 4(a)(vi) and (vii),
4(b)(i)(bb), 4(b)(iii), 4(c)(ii), 7(2)(b)(i) (second reference only),
7(2)(c), 7(3)(b) and 16(2)) putting into service, and cognate expressions
shall be construed accordingly;
product - any product described in regulation 3(1) of the directive.
propulsion engine - means any spark or compression ignition, internal
combustion engine used for propulsion purposes, including 2-stroke and
4-stroke inboard, stern-drive with or without integral exhaust and outboard
recreational craft - means any boat of any type regardless of its
means of propulsion - (a) whose hull, when measured in accordance with the
appropriate harmonised standards, is not less than 2.5 metres and not more
than 24 metres in length; and (b) which is intended for sports or leisure
and partly completed recreational craft or partly completed boat,
as the case may be, shall be construed accordingly;
transposed harmonised standard - a standard the reference number of
which is published - (a) in the United Kingdom, by the Secretary of State in
such manner as she considers appropriate; or (b) in another member State of
the Community, and which corresponds to a harmonised standard the reference
number of which is published in the Official Journal of the European
EEA - in the European Economic Area;
EEA State - a State which is a Contracting Party to the EEA
EEA Agreement - means the Agreement on the European Economic Area
signed at Oporto on 2nd May 1992 as adjusted by the Protocol signed at
Brussels on 17th March 1993.