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Oct-17-2016 @ 7:24 PM                           Permalink
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Rivers users really do not want to pay to much for their tolls, and a lot of us think that the current way of calculating tolls is unfair.

We think that if the tolls were based on cubic size, ie water draft x air draft x beam x loa

That would be a more fair formula for smaller boats. Has the BA looked into this?

Oct-17-2016 @ 8:03 PM                           Permalink
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The Environment Agency, that collects Tolls for the Thames, for example, use length x beam, like the BA, but of course this is based on your boat being a rectangle, and does not account for tapered bows, or tapered sterns.

I read somewhere that there were no Toll increases last year, and this is likely to follow for the 2017 season.

They have a fixed square metre rate across the board for all private craft, no unfair concessions.

best regards, Richard.

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Dear Richard and Richard,

The Tolls Working Group looked at a whole range of possibilities for improving the structure for the tolls. One of the overriding considerations was that it should be relatively simple, making it easy to understand and collect. So while I can understand the principles behind the 3 dimensional suggestion it would have real practical problems in measuring and determining the height of every vessel.

You will have seen the proposals by the Tolls Working Group and one of the key elements was to make the structure fairer for smaller boats as you suggest Richard (administrator) – so that a small motor boat paid £60-70 rather than close on to a £100.

My understanding is also that the EA is not raising its charges. However, you need to bear in mind that Defra contributes to the costs of maintaining the navigation and has indicated to the EA that it should move towards a full cost recovery model – so I am anticipating that at some point EA charges will have to rise very substantially.



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