Road equivalent tariff

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Road equivalent tariff, more commonly known as RET, is a ferry pricing system that was introduced on a trial basis in 2008 by the Scottish Government. It saw the cost of sailings brought down to match a formula generated by the government so that ferry tickets would, theoretically, cost no more than an equivalent journey on the road, although the price per mile is still considerably higher than that paid by most businesses for employees using their own vehicle for business purposes.

To date, RET only applies to services operated by Calmac ferries. There is no commitment to apply it to council or commercially operated routes, and it will only come on stream for the Orkney and Shetland services in the longer term, if the ticket price would otherwise exceed the RET, as at present it is below the RET value. The scheme is backed financially by the Scottish Government.

2008

The first routes to benefit were the mainland connections to the Western Isles and Coll & Tiree:

After some disquiet from islanders the ticket prices on the inter-island Sound of Barra Ferry and Sound of Harris Ferry services were also reduced to be no more than the RET covered routes operated as part of the mainland sailings, from Castlebay to Lochboisdale and Lochmaddy to Tarbert.

2012

From October 2012 the RET was extended to Islay and its neighbours

2014

From October 2014 RET also covered the services to Arran:

2015

Finally, in October the following year all remaining Calmac services received RET funding.



Road equivalent tariff
Crossings to and within the Western Isles
To the IslesBarra Ferry • Lochboisdale Ferry • Uig - North Uist Ferry • Uig-Harris Ferry • Lewis Ferry
Within the IslesVatersay Causeway • Sound of Barra Ferry • Eriskay Causeway • Loch Bee Causeway • South Ford Causeway • North Ford Causeway • Baleshare Causeway • Berneray Causeway • Sound of Harris Ferry • Seilebost Causeway • Scalpay Bridge • Great Bernera Bridge
Other AreasIrish Sea • Inner Hebrides • Western Isles • Shetland • Orkney • North Sea • English Channel • Solent • Inland Crossings • Other Island Crossings
Crossings to and between the Inner Hebridean Islands
Firth of ClydeBrodick Ferry • Kilbrannan Sound • Portavadie Ferry • Cumbrae Ferry • Rothesay Ferry • Kyles of Bute Ferry • Gourock to Dunoon
Inter HebrideanGigha Ferry • Islay Ferries • Jura Ferry • Colonsay Ferry • Clachan Bridge • Luing Ferry • Oban to Craignure • Lochaline to Fishnish • Tobermory Ferry • Iona Ferry • Lismore Ferries • Coll and Tiree Ferry • Mallaig Ferries • Mallaig to Armadale • Small Isles Ferry • Glenelg to Kylerhea • Skye Bridge • Raasay Ferry
Other AreasIrish Sea • Inner Hebrides • Western Isles • Shetland • Orkney • North Sea • English Channel • Solent • Inland Crossings • Other Island Crossings