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RYA Highlights Potential Rising Costs for Mooring and Berthing in Scotland

17th August 2023
Isle of Harris Marina
Mooring costs at the Isle of Harris Marina and other berths around Scotland could go up if a new bill on visitor levies is passed into law

RYA Scotland highlights that the Visitor Levy Bill is currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament.

The bill, currently at Stage 1 in the Scottish Parliament, proposes giving power to local authorities to decide whether to charge a levy on visitor accommodation in their area.

Currently mooring and berthing for boats in Scottish waters is included under the definition of ‘accommodation’.

RYA Scotland will be making a submission to the public consultation, which it hopes to share in full prior to the closing date of 15 September and which will take into account the all aspects that it believes may affect the boating community in Scotland.

Stakeholders can also voice their opinions in an online discussion that closed on 1 September, and which gives the ability to post comments on key aspects of the bill including the types of overnight accommodation that are included.

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