106 boats removed with no licence

Licence compliance remains high on the Canal & River Trust's waterways. Photo: Canal & River Trust Licence compliance remains high on the Canal & River Trust's waterways. Photo: Canal & River Trust
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Licence compliance on the Canal & River Trust’s waterways remains high with 96.5% of boaters holding a valid licence, down slightly on 2018 (96.9%).

This is the tenth year that licence compliance has remained above 95% according to the Trust’s annual national boat count.

“Boat licences contribute around 10% of our total income so it’s important that everyone who keeps a boat on our waterways pays their fair share,” said on Horsfall, Trust head of customer service support. “On occasion we do have to take robust action to remove boats.

“In 2018/19 106 boats were removed from our canals and rivers as they were unlicensed or in breach of our terms and conditions.”

The count identified a 2.3% increase in boat numbers, with all regions except the North West seeing small increases in boat numbers. 

London and the South East was the only region where licence compliance was under 95% (94.1%).

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