Why you need a toilet seat cover for your boat
The UK’s Government is looking at whether toilet seats should be allowed on the Great British and Irish flags, amid mounting criticism of the Government’s plan to allow passengers to take a dip in a swimming pool.
The Government’s proposal for a compulsory seat cover is the first step towards setting out rules on the number of people allowed in the pool and to introduce a requirement for children under 16 to wear the covers.
However, there has been growing concern that the move will lead to a wave of parents being seen using their children’s swimming pools to enjoy the day, and could cause unnecessary discomfort for children.
There are concerns that some children could be left unsupervised in the swimming pool, potentially risking injury and even death.
A report by the Independent’s Boat Safety Project, commissioned by the Government, warned that the Government could have the effect of “taking a seat out of our children’s sight”.
It said the Government was taking a “no-win” approach, with the issue of children’s safety at the centre of the debate.
The Government says it is aiming to have a voluntary standard of four-metre-wide toilet seats in all new boats by 2020, but is also working on a number of other measures to tackle the issue.
The rafting industry has been concerned about the impact on its revenue.
A report by yacht and canoe manufacturer Bedding Co last month found that a rafting trip that used four-to-six toilet seats had a significant impact on the industry’s revenue.
It also said it was concerned that the number and depth of toilet seats would be the same on the same vessel as it would be on a larger vessel, and that there was no guarantee that those seats would not be found to be too deep.
“The Government is failing to take the opportunity to consider the impact of their new rule on the rafting business and the rafted industry as a whole,” said Mark Bennett, the company’s head of research.
The plan has been welcomed by the UK’s top divers, including David Mather, who said the proposal was a “good start”. “
The proposal for compulsory seat covers is designed to help ensure that the safety of our boats is a priority for all stakeholders and to make the Government aware of the potential consequences of this move.”
The plan has been welcomed by the UK’s top divers, including David Mather, who said the proposal was a “good start”.
“It’s a good start,” he said.
“I think the government is starting to see what a really great idea this is and I think they’re starting to make some sensible recommendations on what’s best.”
Dr Matt Bower, chief executive of the UK Swimming Association, said the introduction of compulsory seat covering was a positive step towards “safe and reliable” public swimming.
He said: “For those who choose to go on a raft trip with their children, the best thing is that you’re looking out for the safety and wellbeing of the people that are on board.”
But Mr Bower also warned that he was concerned about how the Government would deal with parents using their own children’s pools.
Mr Bennett said he had been in discussions with the Government about introducing a compulsory cover on the boats, but had not been able to get a response to his questions.
‘No-win’ approach The Government says its plan is aimed at ensuring that all children are safely in the water.
But there have been concerns that the new rule could be seen as a “No-Win” approach.
Dr Bennett said: “[The Government] is going to be looking at the potential impacts on the safety, wellbeing and reputation of the raft boat industry as well as the safety for children on the boat.”
He added that it was the Government that had “not taken the opportunity” to consider how the proposal would affect other boat operators.
According to the Independent, the plan is being discussed by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who has said that “every parent who has ever sailed the waters of Great Britain will be delighted”.
In its statement, Beddings said that it is working with the Department of Transport to develop a “plan to minimise the impact” of the compulsory cover and ensure it is “the right fit for the boat”.
The Independent understands that the Department has been considering the plan for a while, and hopes that the “No No-Win approach” will be adopted.
While the Government says the plan will only apply to new boats, there are concerns raised by other operators, such as the UK Olympic Committee, which have criticised the plan.
An Osprey spokesperson said: The Government has committed to making this a compulsory requirement by 2020.
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