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Views sought on Road Equivalent Tariff ferry fares for commercial vehicles

10 September 2012

The Scottish Government / Transport Scotland has commissioned research to carry out an assessment of removing Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) ferry fares for commercial vehicles on routes between the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree.

The Scottish Government's partners in this study are Comhairlie nan Eilean Siar, Argyll and Bute Council, HITRANS, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Outer Hebrides Commerce Group, Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association.

A key aim of the study is to investigate the impact of removing the RET fare on businesses and, ultimately, the local economies of these island communities.

As part of the study, the contractors commissioned to do the work (MVA Consultancy) will be conducting a web-based survey of businesses and social enterprises on the islands. The purpose of the survey is to gather views and compile evidence on how the fare increases are likely to impact on business operations and performance.

If you would like to take part in the survey please contact Nicola Milne at MVA Consultancy on 0131 240 8919, or who can email you the link to the survey.


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paula sherratt 10/09/2012

have the government not realised that by removing the RET from ferry fares on commercial vehicles , they will soon make it to expensive to live on the Western isles, Its not as if we as islands have a choice if we want oil or petrol we have to pay through the noise to get it as it is imported on the the island as are clothes, building materials , 90% of food , keep it up and people will be forced off the island by cost . I am a incomer of 3 and a 1/2 years and love it but am poorer for it .

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