Widebeams are hardly a new invention
As a regular hire boater for the past 12 years, with an intention to eventually purchase our own boat in 2018, I was quite interested in Steve Haywood’s article in the December issue regarding the on-going licensing review being undertaken by the CRT. Among other things Steve points out ‘it seems very obvious that the CRT intends to change the licensing fee for wider beam boats’.
I should point out that I don’t have a vested interest as I won’t be able to afford a widebeam and in any case I want to be free explore as much of the system as possible, but this part of the review can only be a good thing.
Let’s remember that widebeams are not a new invention, but unfortunately they can use only the canals that were built to full specification and not restricted by the cost-cutting installation of narrow locks and bridges. So unless the CRT is intending to upgrade the whole network to full width locks and bridges, then surely any review of the licensing system that considers width, will come to the conclusion that those unfairly restricted to only the canals with wide locks and bridges (less than half?) should get a rebate off the licence fee. Well done CRT.
However I’m not so sure of the intention to remove the discount for prompt payment of the licence fee. Maybe in this case I’m being cynical, but surely this won’t be replaced with an administration fee to cover the ‘costs’ incurred by late payment. JOHN via email