CRT’s li­cence fees rise ahead of in­fla­tion

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CANAL & RIVER Trust boat li­cence fees are to rise by 2.5 per­cent from 1 April 2017, an­tic­i­pat­ing a rise in in­fla­tion rates over the com­ing months.

Fol­low­ing three years of li­cence fees be­ing pegged to the pre­vi­ous sum­mer’s in­fla­tion in­dex, the 2017 in­crease will in­stead be based on next year’s

pre­vail­ing rate, which CRT says is “widely fore­cast to rise be­tween now and next sum­mer”. The Trust’s Head of Boat­ing Mike Grimes said that “Al­though the cost of a li­cence will be in­creas­ing slightly, I’m pleased to say that over­all pro­por­tion of the Trust’s in­come com­ing di­rectly from boaters is de­creas­ing as we gen­er­ate more in­come from other sources.”

The in­crease will push the cost of a 12-month canals and rivers li­cence for a typ­i­cal 57ft ‘go-any­where’ nar­row­boat (in­clud­ing prompt pay­ment dis­count) up from £840.36 to £861.37.

For the longer term, CRT has an­nounced that fol­low­ing feed­back a “wide-rang­ing re­view of the

struc­ture of boat li­cence fees” will take place to “help guide po­ten­tial changes to the struc­ture”. Sub­ject to con­sul­ta­tion, this will be im­ple­mented when the fol­low­ing li­cence fee re­view falls due in April 2018

Mean­while the Broads Au­thor­ity has pro­posed a rad­i­cal li­cens­ing shake-up. Un­til now, its fees have been made up of a fixed cost plus a vari­able amount re­lat­ing to area of craft. In fu­ture, fees will be di­rectly pro­por­tional to boat area (i.e. with no fixed part).

As a re­sult ( sub­ject to ap­proval at both Nav­i­ga­tion Com­mit­tee and full Au­thor­ity meet­ings), smaller boats (44 per­cent of to­tal craft) will see a fall in costs next year, but larger craft ( 56 per­cent) will pay more.

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