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PostSubject: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:21 pm

Boaters ordered to pay £6,587 for flouting registration and other navigation laws

19-Jan-2012
Five boaters caught using their vessels on the River Thames without valid registrations and one with inadequate sanitary appliances have been convicted by magistrates.

As the navigation authority for the River Thames between Cricklade, Wiltshire and Teddington, Middlesex, the Environment Agency monitors all craft that passes through locks where staff are on duty and patrol. Boaters using the waterways need to register and display a valid boat licence and failure to do so will lead to prosecution.
 
The separate cases were heard at South Western Magistrates’ Court on Monday 16 January, Reading Magistrates Court on Friday 13 January, and Staines Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 12 January. All the registration offences were contrary to non-registration charges under Articles 4 and 18 of The Environment Agency (Inland Waterways) Order 2010.

Paul Phillips of Victoria Mansions, Wilsden, London, was charged after an Environment Agency officer found the defendant’s vessel “Triton” moored against a derelict pontoon on Hurst Park below Garricks Aite without a valid licence.  Mr Phillips attended court and pleaded guilty and was fined £35, ordered to pay compensation of £485.86, £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge by Staines Magistrates’ Court.

In the second case, Richard Biddulph of Main Road, Hursley, Winchester, pleaded guilty by post was fined £160, ordered to pay compensation of £2,114.10, £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge for not registering his boat ‘De Hoop’ after being caught at Thames Ditton Marina.

At Reading Magistrates’ Court, Nicholas Tsirides of Lytton Road, Oxford, OX4 3PA, was found without a valid licence for his boat ‘Banbury’ whilst downstream of Sonning Bridge in the Reading area. The defendant was found guilty in his absence and fined £200, ordered to pay compensation of £845.64, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

In the final cases at South Western Magistrates Court, Hadrian Smith who lives onboard Nyko and has another boat under the name of ‘TT Nyko’ both of which are moored on the River Thames at St Albans park, Hampton Court Road, attended court and pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay compensation for both vessels of £454.14 and costs for both at £60.

Alistair Trotman of Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT1 1DN attended court and pleaded guilty to two registration charges for two boats - the ‘Hui’ and the ‘Old Kingston Coal’. ‘Hui’ was found moored at Canberry Gardens, Kingston upon Thames without a valid licence. The defendant’s other boat ‘Old Kingston Coal’ was also found without the correct registration after an Environment Agency officer found the vessel moored in trees along Teddington Reach.
Mr Trotman was ordered to pay compensation for both vessels of £1,812.69 and costs for both £60, totalling £1,872.69.

In relation to a separate navigation offence Alanda Thompson of Canonbury Road, London N1 2HS pleaded guilty by post to one charge of keeping or using a boat that had inadequate sanitary appliances that allowed raw sewage to enter the river. This is contrary to Byelaw 66 of the Thames Navigation Licensing and General Byelaws 1993. The defendant’s vessel ‘Manimal’ -  underwent a sanitation inspection by an Environment Agency officer whilst it was moored upstream of Teddington Lock.  Ms Thompson was fined £35, costs £60 and victim surcharge of £15, totalling £110.

Mick Dutson, an Environment Agency Waterways Enforcement Officer, said:
“Boaters have a responsibility to ensure their vessels are registered and we regularly challenge people using boats on the river without licences. In response to customer feedback, we continue to do routine patrols and lockside checks. In addition we carry out targeted enforcement exercises and this is a direct result of that action.
“It is crucial that boaters also provide adequate sanitary appliances for their boat to ensure that no raw sewage is discharged into the River Thames which can have a detrimental affect on human health and wildlife.

“The income we raise from boat registration is very important for the community and the environment. It contributes directly to improving and maintaining waterway structures such as locks and lay-bys, as well as providing facilities like visitor moorings, water points, rubbish and sewage disposal and electric boat charging hook-ups.

“It is vital that we continue to invest in our waterways to create and maintain a good quality environment that people can enjoy for years to come”.
You cannot use a boat on the non-tidal River Thames without it first being registered with the Environment Agency. This applies to all types of pleasure craft, including motor cruisers, sailing boats, narrow boats and unpowered vessels, such as canoes or rowing boats.

An annual fee is payable upon registration and covers the period 1 January to 31 December. A licence plate is then issued which must be displayed on the vessel. Visiting boats also need to be registered to cover the period of the visit.
Anyone taking up boating should make themselves aware of the rules, regulations and general code of river behaviour. This information can be found in the our publication ‘A user’s guide to the River Thames’ which can be picked up at locks or downloaded from www.visitthames.co.uk.

Checks are carried out at all lock sites and during regular patrols along the River. The Environment Agency regularly prosecutes those who do not pay their way.
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Notes to editors:
Getting registered is now even easier:
• Customers from previous years can renew their annual registration by credit or debit card by calling our craft registration team on 0118 953 5650.
• If you require an annual registration for the first time, applications can only be made by post. Please request a registration form by calling 0118 953 5650.
• If you plan to visit the River Thames this year then we have three types of visitor registrations available and we offer the option to mix and match to suit your river holiday needs, giving a total of 67 days on the beautiful River Thames.
• Please visit our web site at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/craftregthames for more details and application forms.
The Thames Navigation Licensing and General Byelaws 1993 are made under the Thames Conservancy Act 1932 (section 233).
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Please ask for the duty press officer
Environment Agency news releases, both national and regional, can be found on its web site:    www.environment-agency.gov.uk
 
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:17 pm

about time, Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:31 pm

What he said
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:41 pm

Would support this, if all casual boat users were not suddenly obliged to pay for £1m third party liability insurance this year in order to register, a stupid requirement on law abiding users of the Thames.
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:50 pm

Does that mean all the illegally moored boats above Teddington have gone now?

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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:00 pm

I doubt it Ed, am there tomorrow so will look.
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:02 pm

Ed wouldn't hold your breath there the ones in the report all had an address for sentancing/payment etc not sure it will be so straightforward with proper liveaboards that are unregistered but hope to be proved wrong .
James it`s boating everything about it is expensive sadly ,the insurance thing i presume is to give claimability should small craft damage gin palaces in the locks or like ...unlikely i give you but most if not all navigable waterways have this rule Steve.
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:17 pm

Steve Appleford wrote:
Ed wouldn't hold your breath there the ones in the report all had an address for sentancing/payment etc not sure it will be so straightforward with proper liveaboards that are unregistered but hope to be proved wrong .
James it`s boating everything about it is expensive sadly ,the insurance thing i presume is to give claimability should small craft damage gin palaces in the locks or like ...unlikely i give you but most if not all navigable waterways have this rule Steve.

I get it Steve but I think it's disproportionate for occasional users.

Anyway, my mum has been on at two councils and several others for ages (a personal quest) about the dubious moorers, so well done if they've been moved on!
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PostSubject: Re: Boaters fined   Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:04 pm

The illegal moorers were there Saturday. All licensed.
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