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Last chance to have your say on the consultation on the proposed changes to the existing published Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats

Published on: 20 February 2020

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The consultation on the proposed changes to the existing published Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats (the Hire Boat Code) is nearly over, companies who will be affected by its application only have three weeks to read, assess and respond to the consultation.

The proposals include changes to responsibilities for hire operators, hirers and hire boat licensing authorities, as well as amendments to the technical standards. For hire operators there may be significant one-off cost implications.

This revised code is intended to be adopted by licensing authorities, where they have powers to do so, as a mandatory licensing condition.

The scope of the Code applies to sailing boats over 6m length overall (LOA) and powered boats of all lengths.

The consultation ends on Monday 9 March 2020.

For more information on the proposals and to make comments, click here

Association of Inland Navigation Authorities (AINA) and British Marine aim to produce a summary of the views expressed in the consultation and the responses to them, within 12 weeks of end of the consultation.