Navigation Authority Hirer Safety Review 2013 – Regional Forum Invitation

The UK’s inland waterway navigation authorities are inviting boat hire operators and other interested parties to participate in a general review of hirer safety, and especially to attend regional open forums across the UK.

The review, which is limited to self-drive, powered hire boats, with or without overnight accommodation, has the intention of striking an appropriate balance between the roles and responsibilities of the navigation authorities, hire operators and hirers in ensuring hirer safety.

The outcomes will influence the Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) standards for hire boats, which were last reviewed in 2002, as well as ensure that safety-focussed licensing conditions for hire boat operators are proportionate.

The review is being administered through the support committees of the BSS started in July this year.

Vince Moran, Chair of the BSS Management Committee said:

‘I would encourage every hire boat operator to get involved and come along to one of our forums if possible.

‘You will hear about our interim review results and we would like you to share your valuable hirer safety experiences;

‘These are the key questions at the top of the review – How safe is hire-boating? What are the biggest risks? What, if anything, should we do to reduce them?

‘We aim to share the answers and get your input at the forums.’

The forums are taking place during early November in Coventry (7th), Oxford (11th), Wroxham (13th) and Leeds (14th).

By the end of the event, participants will have:

  • shared their knowledge and experience of hirer safety
  • had the opportunity to influence the BSS hire boat requirements and navigation authority hire boat licensing conditions relevant to hirer safety
  • helped to define the roles and responsibilities that the navigation authorities, hire operators and the hirers themselves have for safe boating

To find out more about the hirer safety review and, if you are a hire operator to find the link for the event booking form go to . Bookings should be made by Thursday 17 October.

Any hire operator who cannot make the events will have another opportunity to provide their views in an open public consultation on any proposed changes, planned for the Spring of 2014.

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