Holbeach boater lands £857 bill for not registering vessel

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A boater from Holbeach who did not register his vessel has been landed with a penalty totalling over £800.

River inspectors found Geoffrey Turner’s boat Bianco moored on the River Nene – part of the Anglian Waterways network managed by the Environment Agency.

It is a legal requirement for boaters to register any vessel they keep, use or let for hire on Environment Agency waterways, and to clearly display a valid registration plate.

Vessel owners must also have the appropriate Boat Safety Scheme certificates and insurance, as part of the registration process.

Turner, of Fleet Road, failed to register his vessel, as required by law, and was found guilty in absence at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 8.

He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £250, £343.98 compensation, and a victim surcharge of £43. The total penalty was £856.98.

Environment Agency partnerships and development team leader Nathan Arnold said: ““Our historic and precious waterways are an important part of our nation’s heritage and are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year.

“A significant part of caring for them, protecting them, and ensuring people continue to enjoy them is funded by boaters paying their way. Those who don’t contribute as they should are threatening the future of our waterways – and we won’t hesitate to take action against them.”