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I agree that the system would be virtually unenforceable, for instance, at what size would the taxing start, 2 mtrs - 5 or 10 mtrs ?So how many leisure boaters go out at night and use these lights? A tiny fraction of those who venture on the water in total, so the majority of leisure boaters will be paying for something they don't use. Apologies to those who regularly night sail, but it must surely be the case.
[/endofsarcasm]The RYA has written to the Government to express its concern that many of the report's assumptions made in relation to leisure boating are flawed.
"[The RYA] has highlighted our concerns that the authors of the report have based their recommendations and conclusions on false assumptions and not taken due account of the views of stakeholders in the recreational sector," it said.
The DfT, meanwhile, has said that the report is "only a start", and that "before we make any revisions to the system of light dues we will carry out a full consultation with everyone who is affected and that will certainly include [RYA] members".
But 100% observance of every tax is not the mission, 80% will do nicely to fund the perfect state !Hmm, given that a fair proportion of cars on our roads are un-taxed & uninsured despite the existence of ANPR cameras how do they think they can implement this? Another dozen UKBA cutters? A Coastal police force? It is as unenforceable as e-borders, they just don't understand what they are trying to do, do they?
Actually, the number of unlicensed vehicles on our roads is considerably less than 1%.Hmm, given that a fair proportion of cars on our roads are un-taxed & uninsured despite the existence of ANPR cameras how do they think they can implement this? Another dozen UKBA cutters? A Coastal police force? It is as unenforceable as e-borders, they just don't understand what they are trying to do, do they?