The RYA have donned battle gear and letters have been written. While it might not seem relevant to narrowboats anything they RYA achieve will have a knock on effect.
Written Submission to:
Implementation of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) judgment on diesel fuel used in private pleasure craft.
[Insert great long letter here]
RYA Scotland is deeply concerned over the implications of the implementation of the CJEU judgement on individual boat owners, the marine trade, yacht charter businesses and Scotland’s marine tourism economy and believe the longest possible term for transition is essential.
The totality of the negative impact reaches well beyond the financial implications for individuals or business. We foresee a reduction in the availability of charter boats in Scotland, a reduction in the shore spend from marine tourism and consequential negative impacts on employment in remote coastal areas of Scotland. Further, such reduced availability has an impact on the opportunities for new participation and will affect club membership as owners reach the tipping point in affordability of boat ownership.
We believe a very long implementation timeframe and significant support will be necessary for marine suppliers to adopt the provision of white diesel and for innovative solutions to be explored. Future support must include direct financial support to ensure the comprehensive supply of fuel for the leisure market is sustained.
We are concerned that HMRC has not offered any consideration of procedural or technological solutions that may make implementation less of a burden on the individual leisure vessel owner or the marine trade and time must be made available to explore such options with the various stakeholders to avoid burdensome processes and costs.
In light of the current discussions around the UKs departure from the EU, RYA Scotland expects that the Government would not implement the EU Court judgement if we leave the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
James Allan - Chief Executive Officer