Enforcement team renamed
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.