Fairer tolls for the Broads

25 Oct 2016
The Broads Authority wants to make tolls fairer Photo: Acme, Cristobal Palma Photography [CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Broads Authority wants to make tolls fairer Photo: Acme, Cristobal Palma Photography [CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

TOLL SHAKE-UP: The biggest shake up in Broads tolls for more than three decades would result in a fairer way of directly linking charges to vessel size, the Broads Authority has said.

At present, in addition to navigation charges relating to size, there is a fixed cost imposed on every vessel, resulting in smaller boats paying proportionately more per square metre than bigger vessels.

But after a year of research and analysis the Tolls Working Group is recommending that only a charge based on size is used for greater fairness and simplicity.

It is proposed that rowing boats, canoes and kayaks will pay a fixed charge, which will depend on whether they are private or commercial.

Even with an annual tolls rise being imposed the proposals mean that nearly half (44%) of boaters would pay less in 2017/18 than in 2016/17.

The Tolls Working Group also anticipate that the proposed new system will boost entry level boating which has been in decline while numbers of larger vessels have increased.

Its report will now go to the Navigation Committee meeting for comment before the full Authority decides whether to approve them.

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