Safety is an important issue for us all. NABO members hold postions on all the Boat Safety Scheme committees and the CRT Navigation Advisory Committee. 

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Council considers a wide range of issue in meetings and by discussions that take place all the time. These are the current main items.

* Raising the profile of Boating and navigation as the core objects of CRT’s charitable objectives to prevent the apparent ongoing marginalisation of boat owners  in favour of other canal users.
* Monitoring and Challenging CRTs proposals to taking over navigation and maintenance responsibilities from the Environment Agency
* Monitoring the practical effects of CRTs strategic changes resulting in a reduction of the number of regions and waterways managers.
* Contributing to and ongoing monitoring of CRTs review of licensing
* Close monitoring of changes to Mooring provision and the introduction of further charges
* Support the reversal of the recent reduction of 24 hour towpath facilities (refuse, water, sanitation)
* Ongoing monitoring of CRT's rejection of some of NABO's objections to recently introduced private boater's licence Terms and conditions.
* Constant review of the creeping outsourcing of enforcement to third parties
* Ongoing proactive support to Navigation Advisory Groups and BSS Committees
* Monitoring the continued selling by CRT of historic buildings

NABO is primarily a representative body. We do not hold social event or organise volenteer activities.

We are not a charity or limited company. We are beholden to nobody except our subscribing members.

We operate with a managment Council to conduct the business and activities of the Association. Council and other officers are entirely voluntary being elected at the AGM which is held each November, with venues usually in the Midlands.

Our principal means of communication with our membership is our magazine ‘NABO News’ which is published 6 times per year. Each edition is published shortly after each Council meeting at approximately eight-weekly intervals so that news and information is timely and relevant. For those who cannot access snail mail, it can be downloaded from the web site. We also send out a short email bulletin monthly, to let members know what is happening day to day, and ask for views. We maintain a web site and items of interest and reference are available, and there are links to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Council normally meets at 8 week intervals, in boat clubs in central locations around the country, and all Association members are welcome to attend, and get involved if you wish. The date and locations are published in NABO News and on the web site. There are no regional meetings or committees but as far as possible each area of the country has a representative, and you may wish to identify the local member in your area and make contact. Local issues are always important and your regional representative may be able to help.

As NABO is a representative body and we do ask that members write, phone, or e-mail to Council members with any problems or views, and we always welcome items for NABO News.

The National Association of Boat Owners is dedicated to promoting the interests of private boaters on Britain's canals and rivers and lakes. Volunteer members work with Navigation Authorities and public bodies so that boater's voices and views can be heard when decisions and being made. This can only take place if boaters are infomed, engaged and have the time to formulate policy and consider views. NABO has over 25 years experience and a stong track record of achiement.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU law that will come into effect on 25 May 2018, to replace the current Data Protection Act. It's the biggest overhaul of data protection legislation for over 25 years and it will introduce new requirements for how organisations process personal data. It means that we have to revalidate our permission from members to hold and use personal data, and also to communicate with them. We are now starting a campaign to address this law. All members who have given us an email address have been contacted, and those who rely on snail mail will be covered by NABO News distributed in May 18.

We need all members to take action to accept the new requirements by logging in to the web site and amend their profile, or writing to us confirming acceptance.

The main changes are:

  1. We have to get separate and specific agreement to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions from the members. We cannot assume just because members pay that they agree.
  2. We have to record the date and way we get that agreement, either on the web site or by correspondence.
  3. We have to provide the means to delete personal data. Members can do this themselves on line or can request the membership team to do so.

To cover the regulation, we have updated the Privacy Policy and this was approved by Council in April. You can read it here. We have not changed the Terms and Conditions and you can read them here.