British Waterways Reduces Licence Evasion

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.

Evasion Mar-11 Mar-12 Change
North 5.2% 4.2% -1.0%
Midlands 5.1% 2.7% -2.4%
Wales & West 5.0% 3.6% -1.4%
South East 3.0% 1.9% -1.1%
South (London & K&A) 7.2% 4.9% -2.3%
TOTAL 4.9% 3.4% -1.5%