Press release

River Medway boaters fined

Two Kent men who used their vessels on the River Medway without valid registrations have been ordered to pay a combined amount of over £850.

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Craig Phillips, of Leyton Cross Road, Wilmington, was fined £200 with costs of £115, a compensation order of £189.84, and a victim surcharge of £20 at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 19 March after failing to apply for a boat registration. His vessel “RIO” was seen on 22 June 2014 at Twyford Bridge Marina, Yalding, not displaying a valid Registration Certificate. Mr Philips was made aware he needed to comply with the Environment Agency’s boat registration requirements; however he failed to do so.

Also at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on the same date, Mr Andrew Handley, of Carrington Close, Gillingham, was found guilty in his absence and fined £200 with costs of £115 and a victim surcharge of £15. His vessel “Sea Major” was seen on 23 June 2014 at Bow Bridge Marina, Wateringbury, not displaying a valid Registration Certificate. Mr Handley had cancelled the direct debit to pay for his registration and although he eventually paid the outstanding balance, he did not submit his insurance details to the Environment Agency Boat Registration Team, which is a requirement of powered vessel registrations.

Rebecca Cox, Environment Agency Waterways Officer said, “These results highlight how important it is for river users to ensure their payment and licence details are kept up to date. We carry out regular patrols on the River Medway, so owners of boats not adhering to the regulation could face prosecution.

“The revenue the Environment Agency receives from vessel licensing is used to fund our annual maintenance programme along the River Medway and maintain our locks, moorings, toilets and showers. We are lucky to have such a popular and well known public right of navigation in Kent that is enjoyed by so many. By not complying, the revenue is lost, threatening the future of this great waterway.”

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Published 20 March 2015