CRT li­cence shake-up en­ters fi­nal stages

Canal Boat - - News -

BY THE time this is­sue ap­pears in print, the con­sul­ta­tion on the Canal & River Trust’s boat li­cens­ing re­view will be ap­proach­ing its third and fi­nal phase.

It will be an open con­sul­ta­tion with all li­cence hold­ers, and both CRT and the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion are en­cour­ag­ing boaters to have their say.

The sec­ond phase, re­gional work­shop meet­ings to which 135 boaters were in­vited out of 988 ap­pli­cants, was com­pleted in July.

De­spite re­ported low at­ten­dance (only eight peo­ple out of 15 turned up in Lon­don and just six from 15 in Ne­wark, ac­cord­ing to the IWA), CRT Cus­tomer Ser­vice and Op­er­a­tions Di­rec­tor Ian Rogers said there had been “a fan­tas­tic re­sponse to the con­sul­ta­tion so far”. He added that it was “great to see so much in­ter­est in a topic that is fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant for our boaters”.

The fi­nal phase, due to be launched in mid-Au­gust, will see all CRT boat li­cence-hold­ers con­tacted and given the op­por­tu­nity to re­spond by email, post or phone to a se­ries of op­tions.

These will be the prod­uct of the ear­lier stages, but key is­sues al­ready iden­ti­fied in­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of charg­ing for li­cences by boat width, of dif­fer­ent rates for boats with­out home moor­ings, and pos­si­ble ‘con­ges­tion charg­ing’.

Fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of the con­sul­ta­tion, a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the fu­ture boat li­cens­ing sys­tem is ex­pected by the end of the year.

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