Sailors on the sturgeon. A part of this river would no longer be maintained according to the tourism concept
Because of its importance, the basic paper was long awaited and promised in the coalition agreement of the federal government that future legislation and regulations should be based on it. It became necessary because the change in economic importance makes costly maintenance of waterways no longer needed unreasonable. On the other hand, some of these waterways are still used for water sports and are used in a variety of ways. In short: a regulation was needed on how such waterways should be handled in the future - and who will finance them.
Federal Minister of Transport Alexander Dobrindt
As soon as the plans that were now presented became known, a word sprouted around that had long since appeared to be mothballed: "Sports boat toll" - user financing for the waterways used exclusively for tourism. Only a few days after the publication, however, the Ministry of Transport swore: There will be no such thing. That is not the only strange twist in this story - after all, the paper comes from Dobrindt and recommends exactly what they immediately deny. And that is symbolic: instead of the hoped-for clarification, a lot remains, too much in approximation, this paper is certainly not the expected guide
YACHT analyzes the federal government's water tourism concept and shows its strengths, weaknesses and contradictions. You can find the report on this in YACHT 17/2016, now at the kiosk, in the DK shop or order it digitally here!