CHILDREN as young as 12 will remain able to ride jet skis in Victoria despite calls for new age restrictions.
Federal Liberal MP Sharman Stone said families had complained about dangerous jet ski riding by teens along the Murray River.
She said a new age limit of 16 years would be more appropriate.
People as young as 12 can get a restricted marine licence that allows for "personal watercraft" use and are allowed to ride at less than 10 knots, or about 19km/h.
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Ms Stone said some distressed parents had contacted her office after they were forced to remove young children from the water as jet skis approached.
She said speed restrictions for teens was rarely enforced.
"Let's not have another summer with parents holding their breath as their children are ducking for cover," she said.
"We want to do something before there's a drowning or someone is seriously maimed. It's the equivalent of a motorbike on water."
State Government spokeswoman Stephanie Ryan said speed limits were in place for jet ski use on a restricted marine licence.
"Following the public consultation during the development of the Act and Regulations by the previous government and this government, it was determined that the current restrictions are appropriate at this time," she said.
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