AINA is the industry membership body in Great Britain for organisations with statutory or other legal responsibility for the management, maintenance and operation of navigable inland waterways for navigation. Collectively, we regard such bodies as ‘Inland Navigation Authorities’. In discharging their duties, navigation authorities deliver widespread public benefits.



Proposed Changes to the Code for the Design, Construction and Operation of Hire Boats (Hire Boat Code)

Consultation open for a period of 12 weeks from Monday 16 December 2019 and ending at midnight on Monday 9 March 2020.

AINA and British Marine jointly launch this consultation seeking your views on proposed changes to the existing Hire Boat Code (HBC). The proposed changes include items of significant responsibility and for some hire boat operators there may be significant one-off cost implications.

The intent of the consultation is to more fully explore the proposed amendments – both from a cost perspective, a technical perspective and a feasibility point of view. It is aimed to identify whether any consideration has been overlooked and provide justification for any areas where the proposals could be scaled back.

We are seeking views of hire operators, licensing authorities and experienced hirers concerning the reasonableness and viability of each of the proposed changes. We are keen to identify whether there are any unintended consequences if the proposed changes were to be introduced and to help inform the planned implementation.

Find out more and respond to the consultation questions