Date lodged: 8 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how much Serco NorthLink will raise from passenger fares from the extension of the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract from April 2018 to October 2019, and how much would have been raised without the introduction of road equivalent tariff on most routes from 29 June 2018.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 24 January 2019
Serco NorthLink Ferries is a commercial operator. As such, any financial information in relation to the amount of revenue raised from passenger fares during the extension of the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract and how much would have been raised without the introduction of road equivalent tariff is commercially sensitive.
The cost effectiveness of the policy to introduce Road Equivalent Tariff will be evaluated, in due course, as part of the planned evaluation of what has been a significant policy change.