Transport Scotland is examining the impact of the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) that was introduced in October 2015 - and wants to know what you think if you are a user of CalMac ferry services, whether as a business, resident or occasional ferry user.

RET is a consistent set of passenger and car fares across all routes based on a fixed fare plus distance based element. 

Transport Scotland has commissioned Peter Brett Associates (PBA) to undertake research into how this fares policy has affected residents of island and peninsular communities where this policy was introduced.

Do you think reducing fares by 50% has been a good thing for you , your business or your community and has this sweeping tariff change been good for tourism or is it now much harder to book a service at short notice?

Is a there are in issue with motor-homes being charged at tariffs similar to cars?

The survey applies to a number of west coast routes, but for Outer Hebrides it is the ones below. The closing date is 6th September.

  • Berneray - Leverburgh
  • Ardmhor - Eriskay

The Scottish Government is undertaking an in-depth review of RET and the comments from these surveys will help shape that review and potentially lead to wide-ranging changes.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RET-CHFS-reidentssurvey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RET-CHFS-businesssurvey

(Please note the spelling error in the residents survey, but this link is correct)

And information about what RET is.

https://www.transport.gov.scot/…/fe…/road-equivalent-tariff/