NABO has responded strongly to the proposal to increase Registrations Charges.

“Whilst we accepted that the above-inflation increases introduced over the past year was acceptable (given that there had not been an increase for some years) we strongly believe that only a direct- inflation-based increase can be introduced across all EA waters. The proposal for continuing the differential figures for the 3 waterways is also not acceptable.

We also suggest that in your Table 2.2 all sources of income should be increased by the same amount and that the boat registration charges should not be expected to carry the load – this is simply wrong and unfair.

We would also like to see how your central costs compare to other similar government agencies.  We are not convinced that your agency is working in the most cost-efficient way when compared to others.”

NABO’s full submission will be available in the next NABO News.