THAMES ANTI-DRINK-DRIVE CAMPAIGN

 

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The Port of London Authority is joining the Metropolitan Police in a month-long Christmas anti drink-drive campaign on the River Thames.

The PLA and police have warned skippers of boats on the Thames, both commercial and leisure, action will be taken if skippers or crew are found to be over the limit – similar to road driving levels.  

An official Notice to Mariners issued by the PLA’s Chief Harbour Master David Phillips warns: “The safety of vessels, passengers and crew is of paramount importance. Should any persons have concerns that a member of staff is working on a commercial vessel whilst unfit through drink or drugs you are urged to contact the police immediately.

“The penalties involved are similar to those for road offences – fines or imprisonment. Additionally upon conviction the Maritime and Coastguard Agency may revoke a Boatmaster’s Licence.”

The campaign is being conducted in partnerships with the Met’s Marine Policing Unit which conducts patrols along the tidal river.

A PLA spokesman said: “The overwhelming majority of recreational boat users on the tidal Thames are responsible and sensible when navigating this busy and challenging river.

“Regrettably, a very small minority consider it acceptable to bring their boats onto the tideway whilst impaired by drink or drugs.  These actions endanger not only their safety and those on board their boats but also the lives of others – on both other recreational craft and on passenger boats.

“With Christmas and New Year approaching, all river users are reminded that both the police and the PLA take a robust view against anyone who endangers safety on the Thames.”

Enforcement action can be taken under both the Rail and Transport Safety Act and the PLA’s by-laws.

December 8th 2015

   
 
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