En­force­ment team re­named

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THE CANAL & RIVER TRUST’S en­force­ment team, which deals with un­li­censed craft and over­stay­ing on moorings. is to be re-named in line with what the Trust says is its em­pha­sis on sup­port­ing boaters.

From early 2017 it will be the Boat Li­cence Cus­tomer Sup­port Team, which the Trust’s head of boat­ing Mike Grimes said re­flects the team’s “on­go­ing fo­cus and the share of the time they spend sup­port­ing cus­tomers to

meet the terms of a boat li­cence to stay on the water”. He added that for the vast ma­jor­ity it was about “be­ing there on the tow­path or phone to help them keep their li­cence” rather than the few where ac­tion is the last re­sort.

The Team has be­gun putting its sta­tis­tics on­line quar­terly. At the lat­est count, of the 900 re­stricted (short-term) li­cences is­sued to boaters with­out home moorings but who had not cruised far enough to sat­isfy CRT’s guide­lines, 36 per­cent were still in the short-term pe­riod; 37 per­cent had in­creased their range and been is­sued a full li­cence; 23 per­cent had left the CRT sys­tem, sold their boats or got per­ma­nent moorings; and four per­cent were sub­ject to fur­ther ac­tion.

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