Ferry discount for Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders will be able to access reduced vehicle fares on the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network from October 2015, Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay has announced.

A new 25% discount for Blue Badge holders will be applied on Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) vehicle fares, which are also due to come into effect across the whole CHFS network at the start of the Winter timetable.

The discount will be available on car, motorhome and motorbike fares.

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.

The discount will be open to both islanders and non-islanders that hold a Blue Badge.

Mr Mackay said: “We want our Islands and the attractions they offer to be as open and accessible as possible, so I’m very pleased to announce these new discounted vehicle fares for Blue Badge holders.

“In cases where the new discounted fares are higher than the old ones, they will be capped at the lower level. This means ferry travel continues to be attractive and affordable to everyone.

“Along with the introduction of lower RET fares across the CHFS network from October 2015, this is more evidence of the Scottish Government’s commitment to investing in our ferry services and continued support for the Island economies.”