‘Pay up’ warning after boaters are fined in the East
KEEPING BOATS on the Anglian rivers without paying registration fees has cost two boaters a total of more than £1,200, after the Environment Agency took them to court in a crackdown on evasion.
The two craft were found moored on the River Nene and the Great Ouse without registration (the EA equivalent of licensing) plates. Kevin Saggers was found guilty in his absence and ordered to pay £734 for keeping Lazy Lady on the Great Ouse without registration; while Christopher King had to pay £493 after pleading guilty to keeping the unregistered Little Jo
Larkin on the Nene. The EA’s Nathan Arnold pointed out that “a significant part of caring for the rivers, protecting them, and ensuring people continue to enjoy them is funded by boaters paying their way”. Those who don’t contribute, he added, are “threatening the future of our waterways – and we won’t hesitate to take action against them”.