Prosecutions for boating offences

Thirteen boaters have recently been prosecuted for navigation offences on the broads

Of those prosecuted, there were numerous counts of failing to navigate with care and caution (15 counts), of breaking the speed limit and creating excess wash (12 counts) and of failing to respond to a request for information from rangers (two counts).

The offences took place at Brundall, Reedham, Salhouse, Horning, Breydon Water, Barton Broad, Oulton Broad and on the Rivers Ant and Waveney.

Magistrates imposed a total of £16,898 worth of fines for these offences. This combined figure includes court fines (£8,121) and costs (£6,291), victim surcharges (£786) and compensation towards the cost of damages to victims (£1,700).

Jon Hopes, Broads Authority senior ranger for compliance and safety, said: “It’s important to make clear that prosecution is always a last resort, used once all other conversations and avenues have failed.

“The Broads Authority takes these offences seriously and we hope these prosecutions send a clear message that keeping to speed limits, and navigating with care and attention helps to protect the Broads National Park and all its users.”

The authority asks people to report anyone seen speeding or driving carelessly to Broads Control on 01603 756056.

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