Licensing: does size matter?
THE SECOND PHASE of the Canal & River Trust’s consultation into a review of licensing has been completed, and the four main themes to emerge are: boat size; craft without home moorings; congestion and discounts.
The first phase of the review saw an independent organisation called Involve carry out initial interviews with representatives of boating organisations to identify the themes the following stages should cover.
This led to Phase 2, in which 135 boaters of all types (out of almost 1,000 applicants) were invited to attend regional workshop meetings to discuss the themes. These were still ongoing as we went to press, but CRT reported that feedback
from Involve indicated there were some ‘good’ discussions, and identified the main themes as: Charging by size: is it best to charge by length (as now), or length times width, or a fixed rate for everyone?
Continuous cruisers: should those without home moorings be charged differently to reflect their different use of the waterways?
Congestion: can charging help? Discounts: what reductions should there be for certain types of boat?
The plan is that Involve will collate the outputs of these meetings to draw up options, with every licence holder given the chance to comment, before it reaches its final conclusions in the autumn.