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eva­sion from 4.6 per­cent to 4.4 per­cent, mean­ing that 95.6 per­cent of craft have a valid li­cence.

This rep­re­sents the seventh con­sec­u­tive year of be­low five per­cent eva­sion by CRT and its pre­de­ces­sor Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways, com­pared to fig­ures of around ten per­cent a decade or more ago. In its ef­forts to tackle eva­sion, the Trust re­moved 90 aban­doned or un­li­censed craft from the wa­ter­ways dur­ing the 2015-16 year, a fig­ure com­pa­ra­ble to the 82 re­moved the pre­vi­ous year, but in­clud­ing “very few” live­aboard boats ac­cord­ing to CRT.

At the same time, the boat count also recorded a large re­gional vari­a­tion with in­creased num­bers of boats es­pe­cially on the wa­ter­ways of Lon­don (see news, page 6), but also in­creased num­bers in the South-west and the South-east and matched by cor­re­spond­ing re­duc­tions in other ar­eas.

Stour­bridge canoeists launch one of many canal adop­tions

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