Licence warning to city boat owners
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.