UK's TV Licensing now targeting Boat Owners
WITH increasing numbers deciding to
choose a life on water, TV Licensing is urging boat dwellers in Southport to
ensure they are correctly licensed to watch TV. More than a quarter of today's
33,000 boats moored on UK waterways are used as primary residences as opposed to
10 years ago when it was just 10% of 31,000 boats. By law, residential boat
owners need a TV Licence to watch live television, or catch up TV on BBC iPlayer.
This is true no matter what device is used, how the programmes are received, or
whether the boat is cruising or moored.
Matthew Thompson, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:- "A life afloat has
become an appealing option for many, so it is important boat owners understand
the same rules apply when it comes to watching TV. We don't want anyone to be
caught out of their depth if they are found watching live TV, or BBC programmes
on iPlayer, on board without a valid licence. If caught, boat owners face
prosecution and a fine of up to ₤1,000."
Beryl McDowall, General Secretary of the Residential Boat Owners' Association (RBOA),
said:- "There are many things to consider when taking the plunge and
moving to a life on water. These include sorting out a boat licence, surveying
costs, safety certificates, as well as insurance. It's also important boat
owners understand all of the legal responsibilities, which include getting a TV
Licence if their boat is their main residence; we don't want anyone to get
It's easy to pay for a TV Licence or update details online, using a forwarding
address if necessary. There are many ways to spread the cost, including weekly,
fortnightly or monthly cash payment plans and direct debit options, which can be
set up quickly. You do not need a fixed address to receive your TV Licence, as a
licence can be arranged for your boat and sent to you by email. Canal boat
owners should visit:-
TVLicensing.Co.UK/Info for more information
about when a licence is needed.