Get a TV li­cence or risk a fine, live­aboards warned

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The Res­i­den­tial Boat Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has joined with TV Li­cens­ing in re­mind­ing liveaboard boaters that they need a li­cence to watch tele­vi­sion while afloat.

TV Li­cens­ing said that “By law, res­i­den­tial boat own­ers need a TV li­cence to watch live tele­vi­sion, or catch up TV on BBC iPlayer”, and that this ap­plied “no mat­ter what de­vice is used, how the pro­grammes are re­ceived, or whether the boat is cruis­ing or moored”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s spokesper­son said that with an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple for whom a boat is their only home “It is im­por­tant boat own­ers un­der­stand the same rules ap­ply when it comes to watch­ing TV”. Any­one caught with­out a li­cence faced a fine of up to £1,000, she added.

RBOA Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Beryl McDowall said TV li­cens­ing was one of “many things to con­sider when tak­ing the plunge and mov­ing to a life on water”. She added: “It’s also im­por­tant boat own­ers un­der­stand all of the le­gal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, which in­clude get­ting a TV li­cence if their boat is their main res­i­dence.”

Boaters for whom their ves­sel is not their only home, and who have a li­cence for their main home, do not need a sep­a­rate li­cence for their boat.

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