Boat Safety Scheme (BSS)

The Boat Safety Scheme is jointly owned by the Canal and River Trust and the Environment Agency. The scheme publicises its aim to reduce the risk of fires or explosions on boats cruising the UK's inland waterways network, by specifying a set of requirements that most boats must meet before they can be granted a licence to navigate the waterway. The Scheme also sets out to recommend a number of what it sees as 'safety best practice measures’ which it considers will enhance the personal health and safety of those on board privately owned boats.

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