RNLI set to benefit from new radio pricing policy?

PUBLISHED: 12:04 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 June 2010

THE RNLI has welcomed a move by Ofcom to reduce licensing costs for using maritime radio which could see independent lifeboats paying less. The communications regulator is reviewing the pricing structure of VHF radio for all maritime and search and rescue

THE RNLI has welcomed a move by Ofcom to reduce licensing costs for using maritime radio which could see independent lifeboats paying less.The communications regulator is reviewing the pricing structure of VHF radio for all maritime and search and rescue teams.RNLI members and independent lifeboats such as Sidmouth feared they could see a rise of hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.However, in the Ofcom consultation update which was published on Monday, October 20, their fears were allayed.A spokesman for Ofcom said: "Under the new proposals, we are saying we know you are a charity and you carry out lifesaving work and we will apply the same principle in the new pricing system. "We can't say absolutely that independent lifeboats will pay less at this stage, but it may be possible they might pay even less than they do now."The consultation period ended yesterday and Ofcom are due to set out more detailed proposals at the turn of the year.A spokesman for RNLI said: "The RNLI welcomes Ofcom's proposal, which will reduce the charity's licensing costs, enabling us to direct those funds towards the RNLI's primary objective of saving lives at sea. "Ideally, we would still like to see a 100 per cent discount on radio licensing fees, not only for the RNLI, but for all organisations which contribute to the safety and saving of life at sea. "However, we appreciate this proposal from Ofcom, which is a significant improvement on their previous one.

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