THE organisation representing the Boat Safety Scheme examiners has taken exception to the proposed changes to the scheme 'as ill thought-out and some are un-implementable for legal reasons'.
The Nationwide Alliance of Boat Surveyors & Examiners tells us it is currently conducting an in-house review of the recently announced 'enhancements' to the BSS Examination Checking Procedures, which it feels will also increase the duration of the BSS Examination and, if approved, are likely to result in increased costs.
It points out that whilst some of the proposed changes are purely editorial, some are ill-thought out and some are un-implementable for legal reasons, and has issued the following statement:
Increase number of checks
The BSS Office published a series of proposals on 16th July 2012 to amend the current BSS Examination Checking procedures (ECP's) for private boats. Because these proposals will increase the number of checks performed by the examiner, the time taken to perform the examination will also increase. How much more would you be willing to pay for your BSS examination ?
To ensure that the Boat Safety Scheme receives a view from both sides of the fence, Nationwide Alliance of Boat Surveyors & Examiners strongly recommends that you take some time to appreciate the impact of the proposed changes.
To view the proposed changes, go to:
Hear from boat owners
The organisation points out that the six weeks consultation period ends on 28th August 2012. If you have any comments (good, bad, for or against), we would be very pleased to hear from boat owners and BSS Examiners alike and request that you submit your comments to: