Evasion hits five-year low
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.