Will Western Isles MSP vote with Scottish Government on RET removal plans?

Following this morning’s Scottish Parliamentary debate on the removal of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) from commercial vehicles, the Outer Hebrides Transport Group (OHTG) say they will be ‘bitterly disappointed’ if Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan votes with the Scottish Government.

A motion was put forward by Labour’s Elaine Murray MSP for a halt on any fare increases until after the socio-economic study was completed.

A counter-motion was then put forward by Transport Minister Keith Brown which removed the demand for the deferral of plans and welcomed the move to roll out RET to other routes; investment in the island routes and the benefits brought by RET.

If Mr Allan decides to vote with the Scottish Government, the OHTG say he will have ‘betrayed his constituents’.

They say they will continue their campaign as long as it takes.

Decision time at the Scottish Parliament takes place at 5pm today (Thursday).