Motorhomes face big hike in new ferry fares

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Motorhomes face big price rises under the annual fares review which has been announced for CalMac ferries.

Following complaints from islands that there are just too many motorhomes during the height of the summer season, Transport Scotland has agreed to adjust the road equivalent tariff (RET) formula applied to the vehicles.

CalMac’s summer 2022 timetable, which was published this month, saw a 2.1 per cent increase on all fares, a plus one per cent on cars and derived fares, and a plus one multiplier for motorhomes and caravans.

The new fares come into effect when the summer timetable starts on March 25.

The leap in prices for motorhome drivers will, undoubtedly, be frowned upon by motorhome, campervan and caravan users, who are still reeling from the announcement made earlier this year that they will no longer be accommodated in standby queues.

The decision was made after discussions with Transport Scotland and stakeholder groups to prioritise customers with no alternative accommodation and to help optimise the use of the limited deck space that remains once all booked customers and their vehicles are loaded onto a vessel.

It was announced earlier that school minibuses under eight metres in length will be given 50 per cent discount on coach fares when taking primary and secondary pupils to and from extra-curricular activities.