Eva­sion hits five-year low

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THE NUM­BER OF un­li­censed boats on the Canal & River Trust’s net­work has fallen to 3.7 per­cent, the low­est fig­ure for five years, the sec­ond low­est fig­ure on record (af­ter 2012’s 3.4 fig­ure), and the eighth suc­ces­sive year un­der five per­cent.

The fig­ures are the re­sult of the an­nual na­tional boat count com­pleted in March. CRT’s in­terim Head of Boat­ing Jon Hors­fall said the boat li­cence cus­tomer sup­port team had “done a fan­tas­tic job work­ing with boaters to make sure they are li­censed cor­rectly”.

The fig­ures also pro­vide a re­gional break­down not only of eva­sion fig­ures (which vary be­tween Lon­don’s five per­cent and the South-east re­gion’s 1.4 per­cent), but also of to­tal boat num­bers. These re­flect the con­tin­ued in­crease in boat num­bers in the Lon­don area (up by over 300 in the last year to a to­tal of 4,001), com­pared to mod­est rises in Central East, the South-East and the South-West, and slight falls in the North and the North-West and the Mid­lands.

Dur­ing the 2016-17, CRT re­moved 101 boats for not hav­ing li­cences or for breach­ing its terms and con­di­tions, com­pared to 90 in 2015-16 and 82 the pre­vi­ous year.

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