According to an article on The West Australian’s website, a determined driver in Perth shoved his Jet Ski inside his cars’ hatchback. A passing motorist on Roe Highway captured this image of a personal watercraft partially hanging outside the rear of a the very small car.
“I thought ‘it’s legitimately a jet ski in the back of a Nissan Micra, held in by one very thin ratchet strap, 10 points for originality but zero points for being smart,” said tow-truck driver Tristan Holland La-Haye. He did a double take when he saw the odd scene. La-Haye also stated that many motorists were doing their best to avoid the car. He was both shocked and appalled for the driver’s lack of concern for other vehicles and people on the road. The situation put many people at risk.
The Road Safety Commission clearly states: A vehicle must not be driven while carrying a load which makes is unstable or if the load projects in a way that could injure or obstruct other road users.“Failure to properly secure a load is an offense that attracts a penalty of $150,” the commission said in a statement.
We do not know if the wanton driver was busted. This makes for good fodder. However, we do not condone this recklessness. We know the desperation of wanting to get our watercraft to the water. There are better ways than cramming a ski inside a hatchback. Invest in a trailer or make friends with other personal watercraft riders.