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Nov-20-2018 @ 8:02 PM                           Permalink
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My Questions for JP are
•     Does BA know how many craft whilst tolled are in practice semi abandoned.
•     How many craft are un-tolled awaiting removal.
•     Should proof of Insurance be a requirement.


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Afternoon Richard,

All looks good to go today. Here is a response to the tolls question to kick things off.

•     Does BA know how many craft whilst tolled are in practice semi abandoned.

We do not have statistics for ‘semi abandoned’ vessels. Individual Rangers will be aware of vessels that never move from their moorings but whilst a vessel is tolled it is not abandoned.

•     How many craft are un-tolled awaiting removal.

Whilst the Authority has powers to remove wrecks and vessels for which the abandoned vessel process has concluded, it has no powers to remove vessels that have no current toll. During the last tolls year 52 cases of non-payment were submitted for prosecution, 19 of those cases were withdrawn following the payment of the toll and our legal costs, the remaining 33 cases were found in our favour with costs, compensation (the value of the toll) and fines levied accordingly.  

•     Should proof of Insurance be a requirement.

Members last reviewed this at the end of 2017 and remain of the opinion that a declaration is sufficient. The basis of this decision followed an insurance audit by the Authority which was carried out in 2017 where 300 boat owners selected at random were asked to produce their insurance document that were in place at the time they made declarations. Over 90% of the owners had insurance in place and of the remaining few, insurance was either taken out later in the year when owners commissioned their boats or the boats were not afloat. A very small percentage did not have insurance in place. Members viewed this as an excellent result and were therefore content with the self-declaration process as previously agreed with national boating organisations. The effectiveness of self-declaration will be kept under review and a further insurance audit is scheduled to take place in 2020.

Regards

John


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