Oxford boat users in mooring fine pilot

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A pilot mooring fine scheme has begun in Oxford aimed at helping river users find available spaces.

The six-month trial by the Environment Agency (EA) will see boat owners along the River Thames at East Street fined £100 if they overstay.

Currently boat owners can stop for free on public open land owned by the Environment Agency for 24 hours.

It is due to be extended along the river to Weybridge and Walton upon Thames from 15 August.

Nick McKie-Smith at the EA said: "Misuse of moorings is widespread along the River Thames.

"By enforcing mooring rules we hope to increase access to our free 24-hour moorings, making more moorings available."

The fines will be issued on behalf of the EA by a parking enforcement company.

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