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Feb-25-2021 @ 2:51 PM                           Permalink
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From BA Facebook page today
" In February three boaters have been prosecuted for numerous counts of failing to navigate with care and caution and of breaking the speed limit on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

On 16 February at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court, Mr Drew of Harleston, Norfolk, owner of boat ‘Disco Volante’ was convicted of three counts of failing to navigate with care and caution, and of breaking the speed limit on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. The Magistrates imposed a £1000 fine for the combined offences, a proportion of costs of £500 was ordered and £100 victim surcharge applied.

On the same day, Mr Colman of Bradwell, Norfolk, owner of ‘Beaver Las Vegas’ was convicted of failing to navigate with care and caution, and of breaking the speed limit on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. His fine was £800, £464 full costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

In another case at Norwich Magistrates Court on 3 February, Mr Walker of Upton, owner of ‘Yeah Buoy’’ was fined for navigating without care and caution, with unacceptable manoeuvres and excess speed. He was also fined for failure to obey/conform with lawful direction. He was issued one collective fine of £650, costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £65.

The Authority recently appointed Jon Hopes as Senior Ranger, working on Compliance and Safety, to process prosecutions and compliance with the Boat Safety Scheme. His work will free up time currently spent by Rangers preparing case files for offences such as speeding and non-payment of tolls. Prosecution is always a last resort, used once all other conversations and avenues have failed. Jon’s role will allow Rangers to spend more time out on the Broads, helping new and experienced visitors.

Read the full story on our website: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/three-boaters-prosecuted-for-broads-navigation-offences/ "

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Does this mean there will be more prosecutions and less 'paddle-waving', or simply that the rangers won't spend office time preparing the papers for the offender they do report?

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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My guess, Pally is that it will be the latter!!

I could easily be wrong however!!

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The rangers are going to need all the help there can muster when the hoards of holiday at home hirers hit the water and hopefully not too much else !!

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But that isn't gonna happen, is it. The BNA continually tell us the numbers of boats in the hire fleets are forever decreasing, so there won't be any extra hire boats out, but fewer. At least, that's what they keep telling us, as a justification for hiking the tolls up extortionately each year.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)


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RedCow, what have “Holiday Hirers” got to do with this post?
The three people prosecuted were not Holiday Hirers doing wrong they were were Local Private Boat Owners!
Surprising, I thought that they always obeyed the rules.

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Sorry Bella I forgot all hirecraft always observe the limits for speed and wash !

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They learn that on their handover. ??

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Feb-27-2021 @ 8:55 AM                           Permalink
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I thought Red Cow that it was only private boat owners who  observed the rules but this does not seem to be the case. I have been hiring since 1968 and am also a boat owner and although I have witnessed many hire boats speeding and their crews  acting in a stupid manner I am convinced that many private owners are far from perfect. Perhaps we are seeing the advent of a new 'ism' i.e. anti hirerism. I assume Red Cow that you fully comply with all Broads rules and regs and I do hope that the expected plethora of hirers does not adversely affect your boating.
    Best wishes, Brian.

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Unfortunately due to early booking demand I will not be enjoying the Broads this year.If i could have booked I would have afforded the environment and wildlife the respect it deserves!

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