Ma­jor li­cens­ing re­view un­der­way

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THE CANAL & RIVER Trust has launched the first stage of its con­sul­ta­tion into a far-reach­ing re­view of the way in which boats are li­censed – with noth­ing ex­cluded from the dis­cus­sions.

Hav­ing in­her­ited what it de­scribes as a “sys­tem largely un­changed in more than two decades”, and with feed­back in­di­cat­ing that boaters be­lieve “the cur­rent pric­ing can be un­fair”, the Trust hopes to look at all as­pects to come up with “the most ef­fi­cient and fair li­cens­ing pric­ing struc­ture”.

The first phase of the process, launched in Fe­bru­ary, was to con­sult boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, ask­ing them what were the “key themes they think need to be re­viewed”, and how they be­lieve the full con­sul­ta­tion with the boaters should be run. This full con­sul­ta­tion would then form the sec­ond phase of the process. Speak­ing to Canal Boat, the Trust stressed that all op­tions are up for dis­cus­sion, whether they re­late to po­ten­tially con­tro­ver­sial sug­ges­tions such as charg­ing more for wide­beam boats (pic­tured) or for boats with­out home moor­ings, or per­haps the use of charg­ing sys­tems to man­age boat num­bers in cer­tain ar­eas – such as an in­creased fee or some kind of ‘con­ges­tion charge’ in Lon­don or other busy ar­eas such as the Ken­net & Avon, but with a ‘free pe­riod’ for vis­i­tors.

How­ever, CRT em­pha­sised it would be look­ing to see whether th­ese or any other sug­ges­tions came through from the boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, rather than propos­ing them it­self.

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