Second separated topic.
Not only should we allow, it should be mandatory that everyone carries a working VHF. And preferably, but not mandatory, a fixed and a handheld for reasons of range and as a back-up. It is a primary piece of safety kit. So, minimum of one working set, thereafter as many as you like, either fixed or portable.
Fully agree – and we should allow that VHF to be a DSC set connected to a GPS (the distress function needs the GPS position) and also for it to receive AIS.