Originally Posted by timw
This has been under consideration for quite a time and had absolutely nothing to do with the recent Top Gear programme.
The operations of London Rib Voyages and it's more recent offshoot Flying Fish jet boat tours have focused the minds of the authorities about the wisdom of not having a speed limit downstream of Wandsworth Bridge.
It was always inevitable and of no surprise to those of us based on the river.
The class 5 passenger vesssel speed limitations was probably accelerated after a muppet helming a jet boat dropped the wrong bucket and rammed one of arches on Albert Bridge whilst carrying passengers.
My understanding that this has very little to do with the Rib companies and is down to a poor safety record from the larger passenger vessels, that i will not name!
My contact on the inside, ;last night, made it clear that this was the reason.
Whilst it will have an impact on all passanger vessels it is aimed at the larger boats as they, by all accounts, are not very good!
Whilst ramming a ache is one thing, turning off your moaring and running over a police rib will do nothing for your safety record!!!! Even more so if you claim to not have seen it!