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Canal & River Trust National Boat Count: Licence evasion at historic low

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13 April 2018 

CANAL & RIVER TRUST 2018 NATIONAL BOAT COUNT SHOWS LICENCE EVASION AT HISTORIC LOW

 The Canal & River Trust’s annual national boat count shows that licence evasion on its waterways is at its lowest-ever level, with 96.9% of boats holding up-to-date licences (2017: 96.3%). 

 Jon Horsfall, interim head of boating at Canal & River Trust, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our boat licensing customer support team.  They are out every day helping boaters with their licence requirements and trying to find ways to work things out when a boater might run into problems.  When boaters talk to us about difficulties they may be having, we are nearly always able to come up with a solution to keep them licensed.

 “It’s important that boats are licensed correctly.  Not only does this mean they’re insured and hold a boat safety certificate, but it means they’re playing their part in contributing to the huge task of keeping our canals and rivers open.  The income from boat licensing is crucial – in 2017/18 leisure licences contributed £20.2m, around 10% of total income – and it’s important that it’s shared fairly by everyone who keeps a boat on our waterways.

 “Unfortunately, a small minority continue to enjoy the benefits of boating on the waterways without putting anything back to fund their upkeep.  In 2017/18 we had to remove 108 boats from our canals and rivers as they were unlicensed or in breach of our terms and conditions.

 The national boat count also paints a picture of the changing numbers of boats across the country.  The Trust’s waterways in London have seen growth slowing: up 2.4%, compared to growth of over 9% in 2016/17.  The North also saw an increase of 2.3%, while other areas remained static.

 The survey, completed in March, records boats on waterways across England & Wales and provides a comprehensive snap-shot of licence evasion.  The information is used to support the day-to-day work carried out by the Trust.

 ENDS

 For further media requests please contact:

Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust

m 07796 610 427 e [email protected] 

 

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What's left unsaid is how many of the 96.3% CRT believe have a licence which is inappropriate to their actual use, which is surely the more contentious issue.

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I am a little confused by the line: “as they were unlicensed OR in breach of our terms and conditions.”

To date, so far as I know, any perceived breach of T&C’s was used to justify a revoked/refused licence, creating the necessary pre-condition for applying s.8. Are they now bypassing the licence revocation/refusal step?

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2 minutes ago, NigelMoore said:

I am a little confused by the line: “as they were unlicensed OR in breach of our terms and conditions.”

To date, so far as I know, any perceived breach of T&C’s was used to justify a revoked/refused licence, creating the necessary pre-condition for applying s.8. Are they now bypassing the licence revocation/refusal step?

I too found my attention drawn by that statement. This suggests to me too they have lifted out some correctly licenced boats only for non compliance with the contractual t&cs. 

Or it might be sloppy copywriting and they actually mean lifted out for not holding the right TYPE of licence, eg rented boats on private licences. 

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