Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has received assurance from the Scottish Government that current concessionary ferry vouchers which are due to expire at the end of March will remain valid until September 2021.
The issue was raised by constituents who were concerned that they would lose out on being able to use their current vouchers due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions resulting in travel not being possible.
In response to a Parliamentary Question from Beatrice Wishart, the Paul Wheelhouse, the Islands Minister clarified that:
“In the light of the additional restrictions announced by the First Minister on 4 January, I can confirm that people who use their concessionary ferry vouchers to book a journey by 31 March this year but are not able to travel due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be able to use these ferry vouchers up to the end of September 2021.”
Commenting on the response from the Scottish Government Ms Wishart said:
“I am glad the Scottish Government have responded to the concerns in Shetland over ferry travel vouchers which were due to expire. I hope this will put minds at ease for people who were concerned that they would lose out due to the current lockdown.”
“If anyone in Shetland has any issue with using their vouchers then I urge them to get in touch.”