Li­cence warn­ing to city boat own­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

BOATERS us­ing the River Nene have been re­minded to reg­is­ter their craft, or face a fine of up to £1,000.

The re­minder comes af­ter three un­reg­is­tered craft were caught last week­end.

En­vi­ron­ment Agency’s wa­ter­ways spokes­woman Sue Cant said: “We are de­ter­mined to stamp out prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with un­reg­is­tered craft on the river.

“River In­spec­tors reg­u­larly pa­trol our wa­ter­ways to carry out checks.

“The mes­sage to boaters is clear – if you fail to reg­is­ter and your boat is on the wa­ter­way, you are com­mit­ting an of­fence and could end up pay­ing a £1,000 fine.”

To reg­is­ter a craft, boat own­ers may need a valid Boat Safety Cer­tifi­cate. They also need to pay a reg­is­tra­tion fee.

Money from reg­is­tra­tion fees is spent im­prov­ing and main­tain­ing the wa­ter­ways. This in­cludes keep­ing struc­tures such as locks work­ing, keep­ing wa­ter­ways clear of ob­struc­tions and pro­vid­ing new moor­ings and other fa­cil­i­ties.

It is the owner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to let the En­vi­ron­ment Agency know if they sell their boat. Fail­ure to do so may mean they re­main li­able for pros­e­cu­tion and any out­stand­ing pay­ments.

For more de­tails on how to reg­is­ter, boaters should call 0845 60 70 330 or e-mail nav­i­ga­tion@en­vi­ron­ment-agency.gov.uk.

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