£7 rise in BSS fee

Canal Boat - - News -

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.

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