£7 rise in BSS fee
THE fee paid by Boat Safety Scheme examiners for each certificate (and which they pass on to boaters as part of their charges) is to rise by £7. But the Scheme’s operators have defended the increase, pointing out that charges have remained the same for eight years, and following the increase they will be frozen for another four.
The current rate paid by examiners for the four-yearly ‘boat MOT’ safety exam required by craft on Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency and most other waterways will rise from £29 to £36 – both figures excluding VAT. BSS Manager Graham Watts said after eight years “having considered all the options a price change now cannot be avoided”, in view of “predicted inflationary pressures rising over the next four years” meaning the scheme needed to invest in new technology and training to avoid “inflation busting price rises” at the end of those four years.
The change, implemented from 1 April 2018, is part of a business plan which also includes “further investment in influencing boat owners’ behaviour” which is seen as “key to keeping people safe”, as well as more research into risks such as carbon monoxide, support for examiners and better customer service.