NSBA has today issued the following Press Release. We have also produced our own supporting tables of charges, which can be downloaded here:Private boats – Hire boats For private boats these show the effect of keeping a “fixed and variable” combined rate, rather than the BA proposed “flat” rate toll.
The Navigation Committee of the Broads Authority will consider proposals to make radical changes to tolls at its meeting on 27th October.
At a time when inflation is around 1%, private boat owners will face dramatic changes in the level of their tolls with some increases of over 50%. Almost a third of motor boats will face an increase of over 10%. This compares with Hire Boats where only 4 motor boats see such a large increase – all of these are diesel generator boats where the electric subsidy has been withdrawn.
57% of private boats will see a change (increase or decrease) in toll of over 10% – equating to over 5,000 boats.
Many traditional broads sailing boats will also face increases of over 20%, some as high as 40%.
At the same time, lower tolls for smaller boats could reduce income from these craft by around £100,000 – a puzzling strategy for an organisation with Navigation income below forecast and concerned about its ability to meet its future spending commitments.
These extreme changes come about because a proposal to adopt a single rate to apply to the boat size to calculate the toll, whilst trying to achieve an overall increase in toll income of 3.3%.
David Talbot, vice-chair of the Norfolk & Suffolk Boating Association, commented “whilst we welcome many of the changes, we are disappointed that the oversimplification of the proposed method has led to such extreme variations in tolls for private boats. We urge the Navigation Committee to consider the full impact of the proposals on individual boat owners. As they stand, we feel that the proposals are neither sufficiently flexible nor fair to our members.”