Scots support BSS

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INLAND WATERWAYS: Scotland’s Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) is widely supported by the majority of users, according to the latest consultation carried out by Scottish Canals.

The consultation, which closed on December 20 2012, invited feedback on the existing BSS from Scottish Canals’ long term berth holders, commercial operators, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), the British Marine Federation (BMF), the BSS itself and its examiners.

The results show some 91% of respondents support the scheme. Of this figure, 32% fully support the proposals with no changes and a further 43% of respondents are supportive, but also have positive suggestions for improving them. A further 16% are in favour of a safety scheme in general with only 8% of respondents against any form of safety scheme.

Scottish Canals will remain part of the BSS whilst reviewing the suggestions for improvement. Any resulting changes will be publicised before they are put in place.

As Scottish Canals will continue to participate in the BSS, all boaters wishing to spend longer than 56 days in any year on the Scottish canals network will need to hold a valid BSS certificate.

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