The ATYC AGM was held via Zoom on Monday 26th April. The meeting was attended by some 60% of member clubs. The meeting approved a new Constitution and re elected the committee for 2021. All proposals on the Agenda were approved unanimously. The minutes will be posted in the library in due course.
The UK Government has announced the outcome of consultation on taxation treatment of supply of red diesel.
In summary, the current arrangements continue and private leisure craft will continue to be able to purchase red diesel whilst declaring the proportion used for propulsion.
“4.6 Following consultation, the government has decided to maintain the entitlement to use red diesel beyond April 2022 for all commercial boat operating industries, including but not limited to the fishing and inland water freight industries.
4.7 The government has therefore decided not to change the treatment of private pleasure craft in Great Britain, where they will continue to be able to use red diesel and pay their fuel supplier the difference between the red diesel rate and the white diesel rate on the proportion they intend to use for propulsion.”
Full Announcement available HERE
The latest issue of ATYC Matters, our occasional newsletter for clubs and their members, is now available on the ATYC website.
CLICK HERE to download
The 5 main boating organisations representing Thames powered craft users have jointly issued an Advisory Notice regarding the management of EA moorings by third party contractors.
You can download a copy from the ATYC website here:
Advisory Notice re Managed Moorings
Please note that it appears likely that many of the undesignated mooring locations may not be suitable for use by other than small craft.
NEW – EA Q&A Document re Short Stay Moorings
The EA have now responded to the concerns raised by us and many other boating organisations regarding the proposed arrangements for managing their short stay moorings.
We will be forwarding full details of their response to our member clubs.
They have also produced a Q&A document answering some of the questions that were raised. Click here to download EA Q&A Document
EA Short Stay Moorings Contract Concerns
After many attempts to get more detailed information regarding the EA’s proposed Moorings management contract with DE, river user representatives finally received draft copy of intended signage on 22nd October and we were given until noon last Monday (26th) to comment..
The ATYC immediately contacted the RYA and sought and obtained legal opinion and support. The RYA instructed solicitors to respond and we, together with other river user groups, have submitted clear statements of our concerns. We await the EA’s response.
Full details have been sent to ATYC Member Clubs.
The new arrangements are due to apply from today, Monday, 2nd November, but as far as we are aware no notices have yet been displayed and we have categoric assurance from the EA that no penalty action will be taken before appropriate signage is in place.
EA Notice received 17th August 2020
Attached and below are details of our planned lock working pattern to the end of the season. Please be assured that where possible we will offer assisted passage if we get the opportunity outside the advertised assisted passage hours. Where assisted passage is offered we encourage boaters to stay on their boats during locks, and lock keepers will assist mooring by using their boat hooks in the lock chamber.
We ask boaters to be understanding and bear with our staff as they do their best to help and support boaters.
Lock working patterns 2020 season
09.00 to 10.00 Hrs. Staff either undertake essential maintenance work at their sole site, or during this period attend their satellite site or sites, to ensure they are free from defect and are operational.
During this period staff will also undertake published site Covid cleaning. Lock staff to thoroughly wash down Pedestals, Beams, Hand Rails and Machinery that the public have used prior to shift commencing assisted passage. If the tasks are finished before 10.00 then assisted passage will start earlier.
10.00 to 13.00 Hrs. Full Assisted Passage. (Exception: weir work, comfort breaks or the need to attend another unstaffed site through breakdown etc)
13.00 to 14.00 Hrs. Meal Break.
14.00 to 16.00 Hrs. Published site Covid cleaning then Full Assisted Passage. (Exception: weir work, comfort breaks or the need to attend another unstaffed site through breakdown etc)
16.00 Hrs. to end of shift. Essential Site Maintenance and/or a return to satellite sites to inspect, close and undertake any necessary weir work. This also gives staff time to protect revenue streams including mooring regulation and providing access to essential services.
For the rest of the boating season every effort shall be made to single staff all sites utilising all available staff at the weekend. At these single staffed sites no maintenance work shall be undertaken and, following site Covid cleaning, the maximum amount of time should be devoted to assisted passage subject to the normal restrictions of meal breaks, weir work and comfort breaks etc.
HMRC is seeking information about the proposed changes to the rules surrounding the uses of red diesel.
At this year’s Spring Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak shared plans to review the current use of red diesel, and as such announced that he would be launching a consultation with red diesel users later in the year. During the Budget the Chancellor also shared plans for the intended removal of entitlement to use red diesel from April 2022, except for the agriculture sector (including forestry, horticulture and fish farming), railways, and where red diesel is used to power non-commercial heating systems, such as in homes, narrowboats and places of worship.
The anticipated red diesel consultation has now been launched by Government and seeks to gather evidence as to whether other sectors, including recreational boating, should be allowed to maintain use of the fuel beyond April 2022.
The RYA will be responding to this call for evidence and urges users of diesel propelled craft, particularly private pleasure craft, and those involved in the supply of fuel to UK craft to participate in the consultation.
To have your say on the future of red diesel please click here.
The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 1 October 2020.