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Green Motion abolishes sky high fees for Scotland island ferries

Mallaig to ArmadaleGreen Motion has bowed to pressure and done away with usurious surcharges for taking hire cars on ferries to the islands of Scotland. Until the fee was scrapped, hirers taking one of the CO2-friendly car supplier’s vehicles for a fortnight was looking at a £405 ferry surcharge on top of the standard rate.

The fee comprised a one-off £125 fee for the privilege of taking the car onto a ferry. An extra daily rate of £20 applied and meant that even taking a car on a 30-minute ferry trip from Mallaig to Armadale on the Isle of Skye left the hirer facing an extra £145 fee for a daytrip.

The same charges applied to Green Motion hires taken on ferries to the Outer Hebrides and the Small Isles. After receiving a complaint about the rental surcharges, MSP Kate Forbes contacted Scotland’s tourism and transport ministries.

She explained to reporters that she was pleased Green Motion had reviewed the policy on adding surcharges just because hirers wanted to use ferries to access some of the most stunning regions of Scotland. She said when she first heard about the surcharges she was disgusted as no other car hire firm had such a policy.

The original complaint to the MSP was lodged by a bed and breakfast proprietor in Badenoch. This was caused by two tourists from Switzerland pulling the plug on the Outer Hebrides leg of their Scottish holiday as they did not want to pay the surcharge.

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