More boaters fined for failing to register their launches

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Just got this in my inbox today. Obviously a bit of a blitz going on.

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Boaters fined for failing to register their launches

Surrey boaters caught using launches on the River Thames without valid registrations have been convicted by magistrates and ordered to pay a total of GBP886 in fines and costs.

The separate cases were heard at Staines Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday 23 March) and all offences were contrary to the Environment Agency (Inland Waterways) Order 2010 and the Transport and Works Act 1992.
Ian Devito, 46, of Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, was fined £200, ordered to pay compensation of £321, £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, a total of £596. He pleaded guilty by post before the hearing.
The court heard that Environment Agency enforcement officer Michael Dutson found the boat “Boojum” without a valid registration outside The Boat House pub in Chertsey at 12pm on October 23 2010.
Mr Devito was cautioned and then confirmed that he did not have a current registration, was aware that he needed one and lived on board his boat. He had a registration form and Mr Dutson showed him how to work out the fee. The Environment Agency has not received a registration application.
Neil Peddinger, 54, of High Street, Esher, Surrey, was fined £100, ordered to pay compensation of £90, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, a total of £290. He was found guilty in absence.
Michael Dutson saw Mr Peddinger using the boat “Atlas Blue” on the Molesey Reach of the River Thames, opposite the Aquarius Sailing Club at 2.25pm on November 21 2010. Mr Dutson cautioned Mr Peddinger and handed him a notice inviting him to register the boat. The Environment Agency has not received a registration application.
Andrew Graham, an Environment Agency Waterways Operations Manager, said: “The income we raise from boat registration is very important for the community and the environment.
“It contributes directly to 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.”
Since 6 April 2010, new regulations have come into force which mean that boats powered by an engine must also be insured in order to obtain a registration certificate. Please refer to the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/boatreg for further information.
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"Boaters fined for failing to register their launches"

next stop some of those big liveaboards hiding up in the backwaters ?
 

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