The Boat Safety Scheme is like a boating version of the MOT. It sets standards for boats, their installations and components, which you must meet before obtaining a licence. The scheme is designed to minimise the risks of fires or explosions on boats.
The standards combine essential safety requirements and best safety practice advice. They include criteria for boat systems such as electrical installations, inboard/outboard engines, appliances, ventilation and fuels.
The full set of BSS requirements applies to every boat based on Canal & River Trust and Environment Agency waterways. All new boats should already comply with the requirements. From then on, examinations are required once every four years. Boats with no gas, electrical or fuel systems are exempt.