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