In anticipation of the Marine Navigation (No.2) Billï¿½s second reading in the House of Lords this Friday (18 January) the RYA has briefed relevant peers on its concerns that the Bill proposes to give harbour authorities unchecked power to create criminal offences.
The RYA believes that harbour authority powers should be subject to some form of supervisory checks and safeguards similar to other law-making bodies in the UK.
A recent survey run by the RYA clearly showed that the majority of recreational boaters support this view with over 70% of respondents expressing the view that such power should be supervised in some form.
Gus Lewis Head of Legal and Government Affairs ï¿½We have briefed Peers and several of them have confirmed that they will be attending the second reading.
"We have also met further with Department for Transport officials, the British Ports Association and the Chamber of Shipping in an effort to try and develop and agree a safeguard mechanism, such as a code of conduct.
Read more on the Marine Navigation (No.2) Bill.