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TerryTibbs
Oct-20-2016 @ 11:01 AM                           Permalink
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The B.a.'s report on hire boats highlights the loss of vessels from the hire fleet and the subseqent loss of revenue this incurs but at the same time has in effect again reduced the hire boat multiplyer, hire boats use the system far more than the average hirer and as the hire fleet boats seem to be getting ever longer they are putting more and more pressure on a decreasing number of 24 hour moorings particularly those close to facilities. Is it not time that the B.A. stop pandering to these obviously very rich companies and stop asking the private owners to subsidise them?

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Totally agree Terry, you make a good point.       Frown  Cheers


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Evening Dave,

Yes you are correct. Table 2 of the Tolls Working Group report on page 3 shows the number of hired motor cruisers over the last 9 years and at 789 for this year we are at the lowest figure for well over 30 years. In the early 1980s there were over 2,000!

The proposal in the Working Group report is to do away with a specific multiplier and for next year maintain the contribution from the hire fleet next year in line with the current income. The Group also examined the basis for the toll in detail and concluded that “the payment of a toll buys a time-limited right of access to the waterways” (Page 12) and that the charges should not be linked to usage.

Yes, the recent investment by the boatyards has included very large well-appointed boats. Under the proposals they will see a £65-£75 increase in tolls.
My impression is that the industry includes companies of very different sizes, overheads and performance and we have to take that into account.


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Maybe smaller hire yards, say less than 10 in the fleet, could be given a break to allow them to compete with the bigger yards?


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