PRESS RELEASE: IWA Welcomes Review of Licencing Fees

Issue date: 27th October 2016

The Inland Waterways Association welcomes Canal & River Trust’s announcement that it will consult widely on a review of the structure of boat licensing fees to take effect from April 2018.  IWA looks forward to taking part during the engagement and consultation period and will put forward its own proposals as part of the process.

IWA is, however, disappointed by the announcement that CRT will increase licence fees for both pleasure and business craft by 2.5% from 1st April 2017.  For the last 3 years, 2014 to 2016, CRT held licence increases at inflation only, using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) as a guide, and IWA considered that this was a fair and reasonable approach.  CPI is currently 1% and IWA considers that an increase of 2.5% in these uncertain economic times is not fair on boaters.  IWA is particularly concerned about the impact the proposals will have on those with business licences, such as trading boats, hire companies and canal societies.

IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge said “No one likes a price increase, but the important point is that the current licence system gets a thorough overhaul to ensure all boaters contribute in a fair and sustainable way to the upkeep of the nation’s waterways without penalising those who play by the rules.”  He added “It may be time to consider a radical approach – for example, on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, which IWA manages through its subsidiary company Essex Waterways Ltd, there are no boat licence fees, with income from boaters collected through a single mooring fee.  That might be hard to achieve on CRT waterways, but we shouldn’t be afraid of looking at new ideas.”

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Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

The Inland Waterways Association

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.
www.waterways.org.uk

 

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