Water & Marine: Inland waterways

These regulations cover the management of inland waterways, the right balance of interests among waterway users, protection of employees, canal classification, Environment Agency boat registration schemes and British Waterways employee pension rights, and applications for hire boat licences.

We want to hear your views on what more we can do to deliver a simpler, less bureaucratic and more effective system whilst maintaining safe access for all. For example could the enforcement of the Environment Agency (inland Waterways) Order be improved by providing for a statutory Code of Practice for hire boats.

You can find all regulations that relate to inland waterways below to the left. Please note the transfer of British Waterway’s statutory obligations (including those covered by some of these regulations) to the Canal & River Trust in June will be subject to parliamentary consideration and approval in the next few months of the draft Transfer Order under the Public Bodies Act 2011.

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The British Waterways Board (Kennet and Avon canal) (Reclassification) Order 2011

Reclassification of the main navigable channel of the Kennet and Avon Canal from remainder to cruising canal.

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The Environment Agency (Inland Waterways Order) 2010

Harmonisation of the EA boat registration and licensing schemes to ensure consistent safety and enforcement standards.

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Regulatory Reform (British Waterways Board ) Order 2003

Enables British Waterways to form or work with a company in England and Wales to carry out its activities without affecting BW’s borrowing powers

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Wye Navigation Order 2002

Repeals or partially repeals a number of antiquated local Acts. Enables the EA to effectively manage and balance the public right of navigation with fisheries interests.

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Deregulation (Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1907) Order 1997

Disapplies the requirement to obtain an licence from the local authority for hire boats on British Waterways canals

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The British Waterways Board (Sheffield and Tinsley canal) (Reclassification) Order 1996

Reclassification of the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal from remainder to cruising canal

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Southern Water Authority (Transfer of Lower Medway Navigation Functions) Order 1979

Transfered Lower Medway navigation functions from the Southern Water Authority to National Rivers Authority which became part of the Environment Agency

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British Waterways Board (Alteration of Pension Schemes) (No 2) Order 1971

Covers the terms and arrangements agreed for pension schemes transferred from the British Transport Commission to British Waterways.

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British Waterways Board (Alteration of Pension Schemes) Order 1971

Covers the terms and arrangements agreed for BW Pension schemes for BW employees.

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British Transport (Transfer from British Waterways Board Pension Schemes) Order 1968

Lays down conditions for the transfer value payment for persons leaving the BW Pension Scheme

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Tell us what you think should happen to these regulations and why, being specific where possible:

100 responses to Water & Marine: Inland waterways

  • R Latham said on March 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

    For the protection of our rivers, lakes, etc. there must be legislation in place to control these delicate ecosystems and their aquatic life from misuse and abuse. This is far more important than treating them as playgrounds. It should be made illegal (not just trespass) for anyone to abuse the riparian rights of others. Voluntary access agreements must in place.

    Comment Tags: Protect our rivers.

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