Non-move­ment ac­tion hits 22%

Canal Boat - - News Special -

A HOT TOPIC in the Ques­tions & An­swers ses­sion at the An­nual Meet­ing was dis­agree­ment over the Trust’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the le­gal re­quire­ment for boats with­out home moor­ings to cruise con­tin­u­ously – with over one fifth of such craft af­fected by a CRT crack­down in­volv­ing is­su­ing ‘last chance’ shorter term li­cences to ‘non-com­pli­ant con­tin­u­ous cruis­ers’.

As a re­sult of the im­pre­cise word­ing of the 1995 Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Act (which spec­i­fies that boats with no home moor­ing must be used for nav­i­ga­tion through­out the li­cence pe­riod), it’s been dif­fi­cult to legally de­fine how far they must move. How­ever, CRT has now given a guide­line of less than 15-20 miles to­tal range over the du­ra­tion of the li­cence as be­ing “very un­likely” to be able to sat­isfy the Trust.

CRT re­ports that as many as half of all the 4,600 boats with­out home moor­ings fall into this cat­e­gory – and since 1 May, fol­low­ing a pi­lot on the Ken­net & Avon, a new pro­ce­dure has been in place: Mon­i­tor­ing of boats for move­ment Re­minders to ‘non com­pli­ant’ boats of the need to move Re­view of those that don’t then move more Pos­si­ble of­fer of a ‘re­stricted’ three- or six-month li­cence at re­newal time (and en­force­ment as un­li­censed craft if they refuse) Con­tin­ued mon­i­tor­ing Re­fusal of a li­cence to those that still do not move more (or sell their boat or get a per­ma­nent moor­ing)

Re­moval of craft via en­force­ment pro­ce­dure and courts

As of Au­gust, around 22 per­cent were al­ready on re­stricted li­cences: of these CRT says some have agreed to move more; oth­ers have taken up home moor­ings; and some have been sold.

CRT told CanalBoat that it has al­ready seen ‘anec­do­tal ev­i­dence’ of more boat move­ment in the Lon­don area (pic­tured) in par­tic­u­lar.

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