ALLAN WELCOMES FERRY DISCOUNT FOR BLUE BADGE HOLDERS
SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has today welcomed the news that Blue Badge holders will be able to access reduced vehicle fares on the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network from October 2015.
The Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay has announced a new 25% discount for Blue Badge holders which will be applied on Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) vehicle fares, which are also due to come into effect across the whole Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network at the start of the Winter timetable.
The discount will be available on car, motorhome and motorbike fares and will be open to both islanders and non-islanders that hold a Blue Badge. In cases where the new discounted RET fares are more expensive than the previously available discount the fares will be capped at the lower level.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Alasdair Allan said:
“Living on an island presents its own transport challenges for people with disabilities and so I warmly welcome anything that can be done to ease their burden at a time of austerity.
“No one will lose out on today’s announcement as the Government has introduced a cap to ensure other concessionary schemes are still available if they offer a lower fare.
“It’s great to see the Scottish Government working to make the islands more accessible for residents and visitors alike. This is yet another example of the SNP demonstrating their commitment to our island communities.”
The Blue Badge discount only applies to RET car, motorhome and motorbike fares. Commercial vehicles and coaches are not included.
There are already a number of concessionary schemes for disabled islanders offering reduced foot passenger fares and these will continue after the introduction of RET fares across the CHFS network.
Fares capped at a lower level will be uprated annually by CPI.
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