Yesterday (11th May 2020) Canal & River Trust (CRT) announced that the suspension of all but essential boat movements would continue until 23rd May. Visitor moorings can continue to be used for 14 days where this applies. However, with the Government announcement of a very limited lifting of the lockdown, angling and watersports such as […]
The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) has announced that all Boat Safety Certificates will be extended until 31st July 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown. This applies to all navigation authorities where a Boat Safety certificate is required.
All members are invited to take part in the NBTA Committee meeting, which due to the coronavirus lockdown we will be holding as a telephone conference on Sunday 10th May 2020 at 2.30pm to 4pm.
Some Bargee Travellers are likely to be moored in places where they could be vulnerable to eviction on grounds of trespass, especially if they are not on CRT waterways and are moored to local authority or private land. The most common procedure for eviction of trespassers is under Part 55 of the Civil Procedure Rules […]
Canal & River Trust (CRT) is extending all private boat licences by one month in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. All private boat licences that are due to expire at the end of April will be extended by one month to run until the end of May. All other current private boat licences will […]
All major navigation authorities have stated that following the Government’s extension of the Coronavirus lockdown to 9th May 2020, boat movement restrictions are to continue until at least 9th May. They advise that boaters should not undertake non-essential travel on the waterways and that navigation should only be to access essential services and facilities. Leisure […]
The Home Office announced recently that the charge for calling the police non-emergency number 101 would be scrapped from 1st April 2020. You should now be able to call 101 free of charge.
The Government today (13th April 2020) announced that the lockdown would not be lifted when it is reviewed later this week. This will have implications for boat movements. Support groups The Boaters Covid Support National Network Facebook page has a file that you can download with details of local boaters’ support groups, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/900547300395282/
The Environment Agency (EA) issued updated guidance to boaters on 2nd April 2020 on the Coronavirus crisis. This includes postponing its consultation and review of boat registration charges until 2022. The text of the guidance is below. You can also download the guidance here 20200402_FINAL approved Nav Guidance Note 2
The NBTA on Friday 3rd April proposed a set of criteria to assist Canal & River Trust (CRT) to decide whether to close or restrict access to towpaths. These are: