Date lodged: 15 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what date it will introduce Road Equivalent Tariff for ferries to (a) Orkney and (b) Shetland.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 27 March 2018
The 2016 SNP Manifesto contained a commitment to “take action to reduce fares on ferry services to Orkney and Shetland”. I announced on 22 August 2017 plans to introduce reduced fares within the first half of 2018.
My officials have been engaging closely with relevant ferry operators on the Pentland Firth, with work continuing apace to ensure the commercial operators are appropriately compensated when reduced fares are introduced.
I am aware that stakeholders are keen for further news and further details on the fares reduction and timescales will be made available as soon as practicable.