Input needed from hire operators and experienced hirers on the proposed changes to the Hire Boat Code

The AINA and British Marine have opened the public consultation seeking views on proposed changes to the existing published Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats, (Hire Boat Code).
The proposals are intended to refine the existing Hire Boat Code to include relevant changes to responsibilities, amendments to the technical standards and in the common principles for safe hire boating, as well as to introduce new definitions and alter some existing definitions.
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The intent of the consultation is to more fully explore the proposed amendments – both from a cost perspective, a technical perspective and a feasibility point of view.
AINA and British Marine are seeking views of hire operators, licensing authorities and experienced hirers concerning the reasonableness and viability of each of the proposed changes and in order to identify any unintended consequences if the proposed changes were to be introduce.
The consultation starts today and ends at midnight on Monday 9 March 2020.
It can be accessed from the AINA website home page – https://www.aina.org.uk/ 
Comments can be made in the next twelve weeks using the consultation form on the AINA website.
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It is important to note that the existing Code is a voluntary code, whilst the new Hire Boat Code is intended to be adopted as a mandatory licensing condition through the legislative framework of the individual licensing authorities and only in the circumstance where the licensing authority has the necessary legal powers and resources. Any implementation as a licensing condition will likely be subject to additional consultation.
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