At the budget in March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed that boaters can continue to use red diesel with the customary declarations on tax split. You may recall that the Treasury held a consultation at the end of 2020, and NABO responded as we reported in the October NN. We are delighted that the Treasury have listened to us. NABO has been campaigning on this for more than 20 years! This sets aside, once and for all, the European Court judgement that was threatening us for many years. There will be other changes to the red diesel market as proposed last year. In 2022, the construction industry and mobile refrigeration will change over to white diesel, and this may impact on some of our suppliers. This is because of the change in volumes of the diesel supplies. We shall have to see how this works out. Overall this is excellent news and a very pleasing moment for the stalwarts. We have a bit of cheer for once.
NABO has now responded to the consultation by Canal and River Trust on private boat licence terms and conditions.
The consultation closes on 20 December. If you have not done so please complete your personal return. Details are in the last boaters update, or on this link.
You can read the main NABO response here.
During the consulation review, NABO identified issues of privacy laws compliance and readability. We have also provided our comments to the Trust on separate documents.
You can read the comments on privacy here.
You can read the comments on ease of reading here.
NABO has written to the MPs who are members of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Waterways about the licence terms and conditions.
We have also sent out a press release to Towpath Talk, Waterways World, Canal Boat and Narrow Boat World. The latter have just published a pro NABO comment encoring readers to invest £25 in joining - well done our new publicity officer Anne
The text of our letter reads
Canal and River Trust seeking powers beyond those granted in the 1995 Act
The Canal and River Trust (CRT) is seeking to revise its licence terms and conditions further through a consultation process with private boat licence holders. The National Association of Boat Owners (NABO) believes that there is one proposal of sufficient concern that it should be brought to your attention. Namely, CRT is seeking to exceed the powers granted to it by Parliament in the British Waterways Act 1995.
This is one of those NABO moments when our long-term knowledge, experience and memory pay back. Like no other inland boating organisation, we just love the small print and legalities. We do this so that boaters are represented with a balanced and informed view. We do not do this to find loops holes in the law or the terms; neither do we do it to support those with no respect for the law. We do this in the face of BW’s and now CRT’s intransigent and in our view illegal approach to our licence contract.
Our strength comes from our membership. Our influence comes from the long term work we do with CRT and other navigation authorities to build the relationships. That does not mean we agree with them on all things. There comes a time when we have use that strength and influence. This is now. You can be part of this by joining. The links are on the web page. You can help by joining now.
The consultation on the proposed imposition of white diesel for propulsion on waterways closes on the 1st October.
NABO has now responded and the document is here.
Needless to say we have objected to everything they propose, which we see as flawed at every turn. It is the same message we have been giving for 15 years.
If you havn't put in your own response, plesed do so now. And please don't cut and paste our words, use your own and your own spelling mistakes!
The consulation is here.