David Stewart MSP

Concerns raised about Road Equivalent Tariff

29 April 2009

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP, is contacting the Transport Minister after concerns have been raised about the impact of the Road Equivalent Tariff.

Residents on the Western Isles have contacted Mr Stewart about the amount of journeys they are receiving when exchanging their concessionary vouchers.

Mr Stewart said: “In a particular case, one constituent travelling from Lewis exchanged his annual allocation of concessionary vouchers for ferry tickets, but was told that he would only be entitled to two return journeys.

“Prior to the introduction of the Road Equivalent Tariff, he would have received a six journey book of tickets.”

“It is clear that there is an imbalance between the old and new systems and that there are people on the Western Isles who are being short changed in terms of travel compared to people in different areas of the country.”

Mr Stewart added: “The Road Equivalent Tariff is supposed to set ferry fares on the basis of the cost of travelling an equivalent distance by road.

“The high cost of ferry fares have been seen by many as a barrier to economic growth on the islands.

“I will be writing to the Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson about this issue, and hopefully get a resolution to this problem for the residents of these areas who rely on ferries to get to the mainland.”

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April 29, 2009 at 1:51 pm

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