The daily anchoring tax that the French were considering implicating has thankfully been scrapped. If the levy, known as the NOTRE bill, had been made law, all yachts and boats anchoring in specific French waters would have had to pay a daily anchoring charge.
It was intended to affect 322 managed marine areas, taking up a whopping 60% of the French coastline and an even bigger 70% of Corsica. After pressure from the Yachting Industry the French government have scrapped any plans to introduce the tax.
The tax was originally born out of the idea to protect Corsica’s sea beds from damage by boats and anchors, however a different solution is now being sought, that will equally protecting the yachting industry.
The European Committee of Professional Yachting released a statement saying:
“It is good news, especially as the yachting industry represents 1.5 billion euros in France including 720 million in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur.”
Good news all round we think!
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