BOAT LICENCE ROW: TEST CASE NOT UNTIL SUMMER

 

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A High Court hearing over a Thames boat registration row is not now expected until the summer.

It follows a court case at Reading where a judge ruled that boats in marinas and not on the main river did not need to pay registration fees to the Environment Agency. Original story is HERE.

The EA has appealed but the hearing is not expected until August. As most judgements in such cases are reserved until a later date it looks likely that a decision might not be made until near the end of the boating season.

The agency is still convinced that under the Inland Waterways Order 2010 any boat in a marina connected with the Thames needs to be licensed.

The original case followed registration checks in Penton Hook and the Thames and Kennet marinas when 120 registration enforcement notices were issued.

The EA will not now be able to enforce registration regulations for these boats and it is understood to have set aside £1 million in case other boats follow the example.

RTN  understands that a suggestion that short-term visitor licences should be issued to these boats as for visiting boats from other waterways has been rejected by the EA on legal advice.

Story dated January 27th 2016

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