1975
 
 
BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD

 

 
BYE-LAWS
 
 
for regulating the use of pleasure boats and commercial vessels on canals beloonging to or under the control of the British WWaterways Board made pursuant to the powers of the British Transport Commission Act 1954 (as amended by the British Waterways Act 1971).
 
 
Application of Bye-laws
 
Application of Bye-laws
1.     These Bye-laws shall apply to every canal or inland navigation in England and Wales belonging to or under the control of the British Waterways Board.
 
 
     These Bye-laws shall come into operation at the expiration of twenty-eight days after their confirmation by the Secretary of State.
 
 
Interpretation
 
Definition of terms
2.     In these Bye-laws except so far as the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say -
 
   
"the Board" means the British Waterways Board.
 
   
"canal" means any canal or inland navigation belonging to or under the control of the Board and includes any works lands or premises belonging to or under the control of the Board and held or used by them in connection with such canal or inland navigation.
 
   
"commercial vessel" means any ship, boat, barge, lighter or raft and any other description of craft used for the conveyance of goods on a canal other than a commercial waterway.
 
   
"commercial vessel licence" means a licence issued in writing by the Board to the owner of a commercial vessel enabling him to navigate such vessel on a canal other than a commercial waterway.
 
   
"commercial waterway" means a canal for the time being included in the list of commercial waterways set out in Part 1 of Schedule 12 of the Transport Act 1968.
 
   
"master" means the person having for the time being the command, charge or management of a pleasure boat or commercial vessel.
 
   
"owner" includes in relation to any pleasure boat or commercial vessel the masster or hirer.
 
   
"pleasure boat" includes any yacht, launch, randan, wherry, tender, skiff, gig, dingy, shallop, punt, canoe, float, or other ship, boat, vessel, or craft (including amphibious craft and hovercraft) but does not include any commercial vessel or a houseboat.
 
   
"pleasure boat licence" means a licence issued in writing by the Board to the owner of a pleasure boat enabling him to navigate such boat on a canal.
 
 
Display of Licences
 
Display of licences
3.   (1)  The owner of a pleasure boat or commercial vessel shall not knowingly cause or permit to be used on a canal any pleasure boat or commercial vessel in respect of which a pleasure boat licence has been issued unless the licence for the time being in force is displayed on the pleasure boat or commercial vessel in such a manner and position as to be clearly visible from outside the pleasure boat or commercial vessel at all times.
 
 
   (2)  No person shall knowingly cause or permit to be concealed a pleasure boat licence or commercial vessel licence required to be displayed on a pleasure boat or commercial vessel in accordance with this Bye-law.
 
 
Penalties
 
Penalties
4.     Any person who contravenes any of the foregoing Bye-laws shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding twenty-five pounds for each offence.
 
 
The application hereto of
the COMMON SEAL of the
BRITISH WATERWAYS BOARD is authenticated by
T.T. LUCKCUCK Secretary
on the tenth day of January 1975.
 
 
Confirmed by the Secretary of State for the Environment,
as modified by him,
on the 6th day of February 1976
 
 
R.J. GREEN
An assistant secretary in the
Department of the Environment