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I am interested in legislation adn taxes that you have to pay in UK for your boats

Recently Serbian government has put in power new regulations in the area of nautical and boating.
Just for an example, by the law it is forbidden to fish from your own boat (I am speaking about recreational fishing not proffesional).
Or, another example, if you have a small cabin motor boat LOA=5 m (16 ft) we have to pay the tax which is dependant on the power of ones outboard.
7.35-22.05 HP means that you have to pay 150 EUR.
Or if your outboard is between 73.6 and 96.6 HP tha tax is 990 EUR. For outboards over 220 HP the tax is 2,100 EUR.
Having in mind an average income which is monthly app. 330 EUR (net) this is a lot.
This is why I am really currious to find out how these things are regulated in the UK.
Your feed back will be highly appreciated.

Asked by: Lazar Stanojevińá  | 5.23pm, Wednesday 26 May


WW says:

Sorry for the delay in response but the answer to your question is rather complicated.
The two main licensing authorities in the UK are British Waterways and the Environment Agency. The main factors that determine how much you pay for a BW licence are the length of your boat and whether you want to cruise on canals and rivers or rivers only. The Environment Agency has various methods of working out its charges. For the River Thames, these relate to the length multiplied by the width of the boat measured in square metres. The resulting chargeable area is multiplied by £15.66 for 2010.
Basically, to license a 50ft narrowboat on BW canals and rivers costs £684 per year. A similar boat on the River Thames costs £474.
You can find more information about the cost of boating in the UK in the Waterways World Annual, price £5.99 in the UK, available by mail order by ringing 01283 742970.
You could also look on the Waterscape website -www.waterscape.com, and the Environment Agency website - www.environment-agency.gov.uk.

Graham Booth  | 12.21PM, Saturday 29 May

You are asking something that is really beyond my area of expertise but, looking at www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=334, it seems that £30,000 is the average income per household over the whole country. Incomes in the south of the country - where the Thames is - are generally quite a lot higher than those in the Midlands and North. I cannot find a figure for this but you might assume £45,000.
Hope this helps.

Graham Booth  | 3.26PM, Saturday 29 May


Readers say:

Although there were no answers to my question I would like to correct part of it.
The corrected text is:
Or, another example, if you have a small cabin motor boat LOA=5-15 m (app. 16-50 ft) we have to pay the tax which is dependant on the power of ones outboard.
7.35-22.05 kw means that you have to pay 150 EUR.
Or if your outboard is between 73.6 and 96.6 kw tha tax is 990 EUR. For outboards over 220 kw the tax is 2,100 EUR.
Other parts of the message-question remain as earlier.
Thanks for your answers.

Lazar Stanojevińá  | 10.18AM, Saturday 29 May

Dear Mr. Booth, thank you very much for detailed answer.
Now I understand that it was really not easy to answer. Anyhow now I have an impression on registration costs but to compare it with costs in my country I should know statistical data on average income in the UK.
Can you tel me just a rough figure for the UK or just for a certain area near river Thames - this will complete the picture.
Once again, thank you for your time and kindness.

Lazar Stanojevińá  | 1.47PM, Saturday 29 May

Mr. Booth,
Thank you really for your kind attention and for your time.
Your answer is all I wanted - just an information. Somthing to have to compare with situation in my country.
It seems that we are paying much much more than boaters in the UK considering our incomes.
I wish you all the best.

Lazar Stanojevińá  | 9.25AM, Sunday 30 May

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