Licence compliance falls

Canal & River Trust licence fee

Licence compliance on English and Welsh canals has dropped, with external economic factors thought to be the reason.

The figures, from the Canal & River Trust’s annual National Boat Count, show a 1.9% rise in boat numbers on its network across England and Wales, with licence compliance now standing at 93%, down from 94.1% last year.

The national licence compliance picture is particularly impacted by boats in the Trust’s London and Southeast region which has seen the largest growth in boat numbers in recent years and licence compliance dropping to 86%.

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