Li­cens­ing: does size mat­ter?

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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.

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