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CRT agrees not to enforce new Terms and Conditions for 14 days following legal challenge

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Following a pre-action protocol letter of 29th May 2021 challenging some of the new Boat Licence Terms and Conditions, CRT has stated that it will not enforce the disputed terms until 16th June 2021. Lawyers for the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) sent a second pre-action protocol letter to CRT on 29th May, following the
publication by CRT of its revised Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

The legal challenge was made possible by a crowdfunding appeal –
see https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/protect-boats-homes/

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Second dose Covid-19 vaccination clinic by boat from 14th May

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

From Friday 14th May 2021, the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running second dose Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat. Please spread the word to anyone who may not have seen the message on this web site or on Facebook.

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Resist the criminalisation of trespass – write to your MP

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Friends, Families and Travellers has launched a new tool to support Gypsies, Travellers and members of the public to write to their MP to register their concerns about the Policing, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. This new law will criminalise both peaceful protest and the nomadic way of life.

The Bill proposes extremely harsh legislation to criminalise trespass, which will criminalise Travellers living on roadside camps and is likely to impact upon everyone who is or wishes to live nomadically by culture, choice or necessity, including liveaboard boaters without a home mooring. 

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Please give generously to crowdfunder for challenge to CRT Boat Licence Terms and Conditions proposals

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

A coalition of concerned boaters and groups including the National Bargee Travellers Association (NBTA) is crowdfunding to start the process of a legal challenge to CRT’s proposals to change the Boat Licence Terms and Conditions.

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Boat movement has resumed as of 12th April

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Boat movement and mooring enforcement resumed yesterday 12th April 2021 as the Coronavirus lockdown continued to be eased. CRT has stated that boaters without a home mooring have 14 days from yesterday to move from the place where they were moored during the lockdown, meaning that they need to have moved by 26th April to avoid any enforcement action.

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Boat Safety Scheme Survey

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

The Boat Safety Scheme is running a survey between 15th March and 9th April 2021. The survey seeks boaters’ views on certain safety installations such as smoke alarms and whether these should be required to pass the Boat Safety examination.

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Recent challenges and threats to Roving Canal Traders

Friday, March 26th, 2021

A number of liveaboard boaters on the K&A are Roving Canal Traders. Roving Traders have been facing problems with local authorities recently regarding their trading activities. Nevil Ingram of Justice for Roving Canal Traders writes:

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There’s still time to do the Census

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

The deadline for completing the 2021 Census is the end of April, and the Census telephone helpline has added a special line for people living on boats or in caravans, vans, tents or other transient accommodation. This follows the severe difficulties that some liveaboard boaters experienced trying to get a Unique Access Code to do the census online. You can now call the Census helpline and select option 4 .

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Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat from 6th April

Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

From Tuesday 6th April 2021, the Julian House Travelling Communities Support Service will be running Covid-19 vaccination clinics by boat. 

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Boaters can continue to use red diesel in England, Wales and Scotland

Friday, March 5th, 2021

The Government has responded to the Treasury consultation on reforms to the tax treatment of red diesel that ran in the summer of 2020. The owners of private pleasure boats, a term within which the Government includes boats used as homes, can continue to use red diesel as they do now, in England, Wales and Scotland. They will not be able to use red diesel in Northern Ireland.

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