Commenting on the independent report into the impact of ferry fares for large commercial vehicles in the Western Isles, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil said:

“I campaigned and argued against the rise when it came initially. It is a shame that when the cut came to RET initially, that those who were benefiting from it didn’t clearly signal that they were cutting haulage prices as a result, which has enabled an unfortunate ambiguity to arise.

“I think it is now important that firstly, no further increases go on lorries and secondly, that when funds become available, in other words, when the Westminster government stops cutting Scotland’s budget, that the Scottish Government lowers lorry fares.

“We must remember that for the vast majority of people, RET exists for cars and passengers and it will be extended to the Sounds of Harris and Barra during the term of this Scottish Parliament.  Also, lorry fares are cheaper than they would have been had the RET trial not gone ahead and all hauliers are on a level playing field with discounts having been standardised. “

ENDS.