How To: Not get Fined

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At some point in your rowing career, you will have had to deal with fines. Any member of the OURCs committee can impose fines if they see a crew breaking the rules. It is often questioned why we issue fines, or if we have anything else better to do. The fact is that a lot of the time, crews break rules that inconvenience others, or put people's safety at risk.

Sadly, being told 'don't do that again' is not enough of an incentive, and so fines are necessary. All fine money now goes to the University Squads, so it is not in the financial interests of OURCs to issue them. If you've ever wondered why we enforce the quiet zone so strictly in a morning, it's because similar complaints in Cambridge have led to their rules stipulating that cox boxes must not be used on a certain stretch of the river. If we see someone cycling along the towpath on Saturday of Summer Eights, it's a £50 fine without question. There are normally one or two bicycle-related injuries during bumps, and if this involves colliding with a member of the public, the consequences are very severe. The rules are in place and enforced to show that we can regulate ourselves - so that higher bodies do not need to step in and put draconian restrictions in place.

The truth is that most fines come from the same few repeated rule breaks. If your club can avoid breaking them, it's very unlikely that you will get fined. Even then, the escalating fines system means that a £10 fine is only issued for the second offence of a certain type.

It's also important to remember that most fines are suspended until 5th week of Michaelmas term - this is to allow new committees to get used to the rules and allow the occasional slip-up to go unpunished. However, racing and administrative fines are not suspended.

Here's a list of the most common rule breaks and how to avoid falling foul of them:

Training Fines:

Racing Fines: