Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Argyll and Bute Alan Reid today backed calls from NFU Scotland for the extension of the Scottish Government Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) scheme to cover commercial vehicles.
In a submission to Transport Scotland on freight ferry fares, NFU Scotland argued for the ferry tariff scheme to be extended to commercial vehicles in a bid to boost fragile island economies.
"I fully support the call by NFUS for RET to be extended to include commercial vehicles. When RET was originally introduced it applied to commercial vehicles. In a scandalous U-turn, the SNP removed RET from commercial vehicles.
"This has caused higher prices in island shops and higher charges for island businesses making it harder for them to compete with those on the mainland. No wonder most of our islands are experiencing population decline. The SNP government must help our islands by extending RET to commercial vehicles."