Boat registration charges to rise in 2018/19

The Thames The increase in boat registration charges will apply from 1 January 2018 on the Thames. Image courtesy of Tom Arthur/ Wikimedia
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The Environment Agency has confirmed boat registration charges for the waterways it manages will increase in 2018/19.

The increases, unchanged from proposals set out in July, are the first since 2015/16, which marked the end of a three-year period of minimal increases linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

“Alongside working hard to be as efficient as possible and to generate additional income from commercial ventures, implementing these increases is essential to help deliver the navigation service,” said Mark Ormrod, national navigation manager.

Charges for any powered boat kept, used or let for hire on Environment Agency waterways in 2018/19 will increase by 5.7% (Thames), 7.5% (Anglian) and 10% (Upper Medway).

Charges for all unpowered boats (not houseboats) and those registered with British Rowing or British Canoeing, will increase by 7.7%.

The Gold Licence will increase by 3.8%. This is based on the Canal and River Trust increase of 2.5% for 2017/18 and the Environment Agency increase of 7.7% for 2018/19.

The increases will apply from January 1 2018 on the Thames and from April 1 2018 for all other waterways.

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