NUMBER OF THAMES BOATS DOWN -
LICENCE FEES UP

 

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The number of boats registered to use the non-tidal river fell last year - but the Environment Agency's total income from the vessels increased.

Figures for 2015 just released by the agency show 17,728 boats were registered to use the river compared with 17,978 in 2014 - a fall of 250.

The biggest fall was the number of powered leisure craft using the Thames down 150 from 8607 to 8454. The number of unpowered boats was also down - by 76.

The number of commercial craft, which include hire, charter and passenger boats, remained roughly the same as the preceding year.

But the proceeds of registration fees increased from £3,967,276 in 2014 to £3,972,492 in 2015.

 
Details of registrations below
2015 2014
Class N (non hire launch) 8454 Class N (non hire launch) 8607
Class H (hire launch) 156 Class H (hire launch) 147
Class D (day hire launch) 149 Class D (day hire launch) 154
Class C (charter launch) 41 Class C (charter launch) 39
Class P (passenger launch) 60 Class P (passenger launch) 61
H/B   (houseboat) 89 H/B   (houseboat) 91
Short Period Powered 4039 Short Period Powered 4036
Unpowered 3910 Unpowered 3986
Gold licences 830 Gold licences 857
Total 17728 Total 17978