River Cam Boat Owner Fined

Issue date: 7th January 2013

A Cambridge boat owner has been fined after failing to register his boat.

Andrew Drewett was found guilty at Cambridge Magistrates on 6th December 2012 for keeping his river cruiser “Another World” on the River Cam at Riverside without paying annual registration fees despite reminders and warnings. The court fined Mr Drewett £200. He was also ordered to pay £420 in costs and £340 by way of compensation. A victim surcharge of £15 was imposed on him. Mr Drewett was absent.

Powered vessels using the River Cam between Bottisham Lock and the City of Cambridge must have a valid registration issued by the Cam Conservators or the neighbouring navigation authority, the Environment Agency. For both authorities, the licensing year runs from 1st April to 31st March inclusive. Boat owners seeking to visit Cambridge from other waterways can extend their regional licence by paying an annual surcharge for unrestricted visits or they can purchase a visitor licence allowing 90 days’ cruising time in the Conservancy Area.

Licence fees can be found on the Cam Conservator's website