exceed three miles an hour. The speed shall be reduced to three miles an hour during the day and two miles an hour between sunset and sunrise when passing round a bend, or when approaching a lock or other navigation works. Every steamer or motor vessel shall be furnished with an efficient whistle or hooter and shall whistle or hoot when approaching a bend or a lock. Steamers and motor vessels shall be warped or poled into or out of locks and shall not use their propellers or paddle wheels until quite clear of the lock.
19. Vessels to keep to the left
(i) Boats passing through the canals shall keep in the left side, that is to say, boats going north shall keep to the west and boats going south shall keep to the east side of the canals.
(ii) Vessels or rafts going north shall keep Out of the Way, of vessels or rafts going South; a vessel or raft over taking another shall keep out of its way.
(iii) All vessels or rafts under sail shall lower their sails when passing through a masonry aqueduct, lock or flood gate.
20. Passing of vessels
(a) When one vessel overtakes and passes another the overtaking vessel shall pass outside, that is, to the right of the over taken vessel which must keep as far to the left as possible to give room.
(b) In open Water, a steam or motor boat must keep out of the way of a boat under sail.
21. Inspection of vessels other than steamers or motor boats.-
The canal officer shall from time to time inspect all licensed vessels and see if they are maintained in a proper state of repair and cleanliness and if their gear is in good condition and may suspend the licence if a vessel is out of repair or unsafe or otherwise unfit for public use or for the carriage of goods as the case may be. So long as a licence is Suspended, the vessel to which it relates shall not ply on any of the canals.
22. Inspection of motor vessels.-
All motor vessels shall be inspected by the Executive Engineer or the officer empowered by him before they are licensed and once every year thereafter to see that they and their machinery are in good working order and they are in charge of a competent crew and an inspection certificate issued. In the event of such determination of the machinery as may in the opinion of the inspection officer cause danger the licence of the vessel shall be cancelled or suspended.
23. Production of licence.-
A copy of the licence shall be exhibited publicly on the vessel, and a copy shall also at all times be carried by the navigating officer in charge of the vessel and shall be shown on demand by any canal officer, any police officer not below the rank of Sub-Inspector or any Magistrate.
24. Limit of Canal officer's powers.-
A canal officer may, on account of infringement of any of the provisions of the Act or any of the rules passed under it, suspend the annual licence of a vessel for not more than fifteen days for a first offence, thirty days for a second offence in the same year, sixty days for a third offence in the same year and for the unexpired portion of the licence for a fourth offence in the same year.
25. Pass for vessels under suspension to proceed to their destination.-
When the licence for a vessel carrying cargo or passengers or both is suspended, the officer by whom the licence is Suspended shall grant a pass in the prescribed form permitting the vessel to proceed to its destination for the purpose of landing cargo and passengers or to a place where she can be repaired. Such passes shall be in duplicate, of which one part shall be retained in the issuing office and the other part shall be delivered to the person in charge of the vessel. The fact and period of suspension shall be recorded by the canal officer upon the licence and upon the counterpart, but if the counterpart is not in his possession, he shall communicate the fact of Suspension to the officer who issued the licence. In the case of suspension of a licence because of the defective state of a vessel's hull, machinery or gear, the suspension shall continue until the owner obtains a certificate from an inspection officer that the necessary repairs have been effected and that the vessel is again safe, sound and fit for the navigation of the canals. Such certificate