Issue date: 24th April 2012
Licence evasion across British Waterways’ canals and rivers in England and Wales, according to the latest licence check for 2012 is at a record low with 96.6% of boats holding up-to-date licenses.
The latest national boat check conducted in March 2012 showed that every region has improved its evasion rate by at least 1% with the breakdown seeing the Midlands and South reducing their rates by 2.4% and 2.3% respectively.
As recently as 2007, the national evasion rate was over 10% and now since March 2010 it has been consistently below 5%.
The next national boat check which is due to take place in March 2013 is likely to be the last time the boat check will take place over a two-week period. Instead the standard monthly data collecting and enforcement process are now comprehensive in their coverage to identify licence evaders.
|Wales & West||5.0%||3.6%||-1.4%|
|South (London & K&A)||7.2%||4.9%||-2.3%|