Category Archives: Transport

Ferry fare review

FERRIES UNIT FREIGHT REVIEW NOW PUBLISHED.

The principles for the new ferry fares: simplicity, comparability and consistency
Following their commitment in the ferry plan, the Scottish government Ferries unit has now published its comprehensive review of freight fares policy.

The aim of this review is to develop a new freight fares structure which is simple, transparent and does not advantage one part of the network over any other part.
At present the complexity of the existing fares system and lack of established rationale on determining fares structure inhibits the effectiveness of future policy changes on fare-setting.

The basis for fares must have an established rationale, and be relatively simple for a user to understand as well as bringing administrative benefits to the operator, argues the review.

The basis for future contracts
These changes will form the basis for implementation in future Scottish Government ferry contracts. (The next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract will begin in October 2016).

Rolling out of RET will bring lower fares
The Ferries Unit also states that the rolling out of RET to throughout the remaining islands by October 2015 should bring significantly lower fares for passengers, cars and coaches.

New definition of commercial vehicles.
As hauliers will benefit from a change in the definition of a commercial vehicle from 5m in length to 6m, this will allow small commercial vehicles up to 6m in length (existing weight, width and height restrictions apply) to qualify for the significantly lower RET car fare, rather than the commercial vehicle fare.

Additional concessions for commercial vehicles carrying hay, livestock and shellfish 

  • Hay & Livestock Returning lorries carrying hay or livestock returning lorries travel free when empty, other than a charge to cover the pier dues.
  • Shellfish Returning lorries carrying hay or livestock returning lorries travel free when empty, other than a charge to cover the pier dues.
  • In addition, an exemption to the weight limit for Light Goods Vehicles less than 6 metres in length, carrying live shellfish, to allow them to qualify for the non-commercial vehicle rate.

See Policy document here.

S.I.F asks: is this enough? Particularly for smaller islands, where the cost of importing building materials combined to the cost of bringing in builders can add up to a third of total costs for construction bills.

Get in touch with Kirsty,  our development officer to give us your opinion!

Innovative EV programme for Mull and Iona

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Mull and Iona Sustainable Transport wins Rural Innovators Award 2015-16 for Transport

MIST’s aims to reduce CO2 emissions and dependance on fossil fuel  on Mull and Iona, have been recognised by this award from the Rural parliament.

As travel and transport choices account for up to half or more of many households’ total CO2 emission, Electric Vehicle trials, liftsharing coordination , efficient driving tips and information about switching to EVs are all part of this innovative project.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, a team of 3 MIST Project Officers has been appointed to promote environmentally friendly island travel options through to March 2016.

EV hot spot events

With several EVs already being driven routinely here on the islands, 5 public charging points for EVs already operational and plans for rapid chargers in Tobermory and Fionnphort,  Mull is already well ahead of most other island communities. Recognising Mull as a ‘Hot Spot’ for EVs, the Energy Savings Trust has collaborated with MIST to present some special local events to bring all interested islanders up to speed with electric cars and incentives to switch.

Liftshare

The Mull and Iona Lift Share page established on Facebook has attracted over 350 members to engage, supportive of its purpose: To match willing drivers with willing passengers to share journeys. This group is open to any islander over 18 who is interested in linking up to share journeys.

EV trials

A Nissan LEAF electric car  has been purchased by MIST to enable islanders to enjoy the experience of driving with zero emissions and very low running costs. MIST is also acquiring an all electric Citroen Berlingo van for islanders and especially for island businesses to try out for free and to borrow. There is now a long list of folk who have expressed interest in free test drives and borrowing the car for a few days.

Following MIST’s successful collaboration with the Energy Savings Trust to host Electric Vehicle ‘Hot spot’ events on Mull, a Mitsubishi Highlander hybrid 4WD has been offered as a free loan, available for islanders to try out at no cost for a 2 months period.

Free EV training events offered to islanders on Mull and Iona

With several EVs already being driven routinely here on the islands, 5 public charging points for EVs already operational and plans for rapid chargers in Tobermory and Fionnphort, Mull is already well ahead of most other island communities.

On Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 February, MIST – –  is offering free training events to help current and prospective EV owners to look after their EV’s, and make the case for EVs as a suitable alternative for individuals and local groups.

Check the MIST website for more details.