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Old 18 June 2008, 05:32   #21
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Where does it say that?

If you look at Byelaw 18:

Sections 1 and 2 impose an 8 knot speed limit above Wandsworth Bridge, and in certain tributaries - no change.

Sections 3 and 4 impose a speed limit of 12 knots between Wandsworth and Margaretness, with the possibility of obtaining permission to exceed it. These sections are new.

There is nothing about speed limits below Margaretness (i.e. the 'deep end'), so no change there - basically do what you like subject to safe navigation and so on.

One of the issues the PLA have is striking a balance between river users on the move, and those affected by wash. Also, the Central London section of the Thames is, at times, running close to capacity.

I believe there is currently a voluntary 12 knot speed limit in Central London, and have heard that it has been well received by both commercial operators and others (e.g. houseboats).

I regularly attend liaison meetings with the PLA, and (especially when compared to local and central government and similar organisations) they are easy to talk to, and willing to listen to other points of view. (Remember, they didn't legally have to go for informal consultation on these byelaws - but they'd rather iron out any problems before the formal process starts). And many of the senior people are leisure sailors as well; so they do have some understanding of our point of view.

I've had a quick look at CJL's template letter (which addresses many other points as well) and that is exactly the style of letter which will be taken seriously. As far as speed limit examptions for Class V vessels are concerned, I have been told the intention is that they will only be given to boats which don't produce significant amounts of wash.
The issue is about speed limits on the Thames in London...Margaretness is so far out it can hardly be described as London.

You are incorrect in beleiving that "The 12 knot voluntary speed limit has been well received by "commercial operators and others (houseboats)." Some of the commercial operators with planing vessels are extremely concerned about these proposals, i.e. executive charter, river taxi and Rib ride operators.

As for houseboats, there are no houseboats between Vauxhall and Tower, and the only significent grouping of houseboats downstream of Wandsworth are at Cheyne Walk which are rarely affected by wash and most of the residents there are fully aware and appreciate that planing boats cause less wash.
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Old 25 June 2008, 09:11   #22
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What is the likely time this ruling may come into force? Autumn 08?
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Old 25 June 2008, 09:14   #23
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If it's implemented.

There are a great number of river users both private and commercial who are objecting strongly to these draconian measures, so with enough opposition it just may not happen.

Please write to object.
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If it's implemented.

There are a great number of river users both private and commercial who are objecting strongly to these draconian measures, so with enough opposition it just may not happen.

Please write to object.
I wouldn't bet on it - there was uproar when they did this on Windemere - nobody wanted it and a lot of local businesses said they would be in trouble - the idiots brought it in anway and loads of people were hurt by it!!!
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OK, who's actually bothered to write? As of today, 49 people have downloaded the draft byelaws from the link in CJL's first post. That's not many. How many of those have written? I'd guess at less than half a dozen, which isn't going to get us very far.

If you disagree with any of the proposed changes then it's really important that you take the opportunity to say so before 25 July. After that, it's no good moaning because you will have had your chance. I've finally sent my letter off today, but I know how easy it is to let these things slide by.

Chris has written an excellent and comprehensive letter. Mine is shorter and raises fewer issues. I've attached the text of my letter below.

You now have two letters to use as a starting place your letter, so decide what you want to write, cut & paste as required, add your own comments, and send it!

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OK, who's actually bothered to write? As of today, 49 people have downloaded the draft byelaws from the link in CJL's first post. That's not many. How many of those have written? I'd guess at less than half a dozen, which isn't going to get us very far.
JK - I originally saw this as "none of my business" as the chances of it directly affecting me were low. However I read your letter and post here and was motivated to pen an email to them. Although its unlikely that the rules will directly affect me - it seems to be a move in the wrong direction by overcomplicating things which can only discourage boating on the thames. Other rivers such as the clyde should be aspiring to be as well used as the thames but this will provide an opportunity for them to "mirror" this legislation and complicate my life too.
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I agree - it would certainly set a strong precedent.

Also, even if you have no plans to go boating on the tidal Thames at the moment it would be a shame to lose the possibility in the future. With the current byelaws it is possible to cruise through London at a reasonable planing speed without causing any danger or nuisance - it's a fantastic experience and everyone should try it sometime.

With a blanket speed limit of 12 knots, using a RIB in London would become almost pointless. Trying to cruise at just below planing speed is peculiarly unsatisfactory - far worse than doing that speed in a displacement boat.

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I put my hands up to not having done it yet, and keep meaning to but forgetting.
Now in my phone calendar for Sunday when I get back. I'll also do copies for my dad, sister, brother etc, and maybe a friend or two. the more the better I reckon.
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