RCR un­der pres­sure in Lon­don

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WA­TER­WAYS BREAK­DOWN SER­VICE River Canal Res­cue is so con­cerned at the level of call-outs from Lon­don that it is con­sid­er­ing in­spec­tions or sur­charges for Lon­don mem­bers.

RCR says the is­sues in­clude poorly main­tained boats used as cheap ac­com­mo­da­tion; a need to fix prob­lems quickly to com­ply with con­tin­u­ous cruis­ing guide­lines; un­fa­mil­iar­ity of non-car own­ing boaters with en­gine ba­sics; lack of good Lon­don en­gi­neers for non-RCR work mean­ing a ten­dency to use ‘cheap’ so­lu­tions lead­ing to costly re­pairs; and RCR’s work be­ing ques­tioned on the ba­sis of advice re­ceived else­where.

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Stephanie Hor­ton said the “neg­li­gi­ble main­te­nance” and the ex­pec­ta­tion that RCR mem­ber­ship meant “they won’t face any ad­di­tional re­pair or equip­ment costs” was lead­ing RCR to thoughts of ei­ther a re­quire­ment for in­spec­tion be­fore agree­ing cover lev­els, or a sur­charge for any call­outs from within the M25.

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