CRT licence shake-up enters final stages
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.