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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11106: Cameron, Donald (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, at the time that the road equivalent tariff (RET) was rolled out on the CalMac network, on what routes fares were established using the (a) published formulaic approach and (b) unit price of the multi-journey tickets at that time.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 September 2017

At the initial roll out of RET on routes to the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree in October 2008, only the car fare for the Oban – Castlebay/Lochboisdale service was capped at the multi-journey single equivalent (MJSE).

For the final roll out to the rest of the Clyde & Hebrides Ferry Services network in October 2015, passenger fares on Colintraive – Rhubodach, Lochaline – Fishnish, Fionnphort – Iona, Sconser – Raasay, Largs – Cumbrae and Oban – Lismore routes were capped at the MJSE. During that same roll-out, car fares on the Castlebay – Lochboisdale (no longer in operation), Sconser – Raasay and Largs – Cumbrae routes were capped at the MJSE.

All other passenger and car fares on the Clyde & Hebrides ferry network were generated using the RET formula.