Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Spain + Germany
My Motorhome: Four Winds RV
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The anti-dog lobby I'd guess.
It's amazing just how much influence a small vocal minority can have especially on businesses.
I think this is a bad decision, but as somebody who spent a lot of time doing risk assessments I'd say that it would be very difficult for anyone to assess allowing dogs into passenger accommodation and conclude that it was acceptable. If you are unfamiliar with risk assessment that may sound over the top, and I'd agree that the result is over the top. You need to bear in mind that risk assessment UK style by it's very nature must be an arse covering exercise. If a risk is identified it must be addressed. The best way to do that is to remove the risk if possible. That's what they've done and I'm not sure they could have done otherwise without putting themselves in danger of prosecution should an incident involving a dog ever happen in the passenger area of one of their boats.
It's how the UK has implemented Health and Safety legislation. Look around you in any other European country and you'll see much less stringent interpretations of the same raft of legislation.
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