Environment Agency issues reminder after fining owners of unregistered boats on Fenland rivers

THE Environment Agency has issued a reminder to boaters to register their vessels after 10 owners have been fined in the last month.

Agency enforcement staff found the un-registered boats on the rivers Great Ouse, Little Ouse and Lark and fines between �100 and �500 were issued to owners.

One of the offenders, Alan Goodall was fined �250 in Cambridge Magistrates Court on April 7 after he failed to register the Delphin, which was kept at Cathedral Marina, Ely.

Candy Reed, Waterways Team Leader, said: “Failing to register a boat just does not pay – not only do people risk being prosecuted and fined up to �1,000 for each offence, but they could also end up with a criminal record.”

New rules came into force on April 1 this year meaning all powered boat owners have to own third party insurance to a minimum value of �1million and as valid Boat Safety Scheme Certificate to register their vessels.

CONTACT: For advice on how to register a boat call the Boat Registration Team on 0845 60 70 330.

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