Just like a road going vehicle a boat also requires the equivalent of an M.O.T which is a boat safety scheme certificate. This is a requirement for most of the countries inland waterways.
The Boat Safety Scheme, or BSS, is a public safety initiative owned by the Canal & River Trust and the Environment Agency. Its purpose is to help minimise the risk of boat fires, explosions, or pollution harming visitors to the inland waterways, the waterways’ workforce and any other users.
I have 2 decades of experience on the inland waterways, which includes carrying out BSS examinations, boat fit-outs painting and repairs.