Originally Posted by Nos4r2
Hmm. I wonder how many people will get stopped and searched for being in the wrong place? For example I can't look out of the window to see if the forecast is roughly right so a planned jaunt across the channel is quite likely to turn into a pie and a pint in the Folly.
With 4 hours a day being spent trailering I'm not formfilling at 5am before I leave here.I'd have to do it the day before.
Exactly. And what provision is being made for that data to be available, in real time, to cutters / teams at sea?
It's more big brother crap. Just as road pricing will mean us all having to have tags in cars linked to a big surveillance network, I can see this being the thin end of the wedge. Stage 1 - fill in an online form. Stage 2 - Govt claims scheme isn't effective and requires AIS on all craft. Stage 3 - Massive recruitment drive of more civil servants to enforce scheme. Stage 4 - Billing boaters per mile travelled to help "conserve the environment".
Then of course it can all be linked to an EU database...