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Parliamentarians have welcomed action to force firms to be more transparent about their delivery charges to islands and rural areas.


The practice of advertising “free UK delivery”, but then adding charges for remote areas late in the ordering process may now be subject to enforcement action.


The  Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said it would look at legal proceedings against companies who persist with making misleading delivery claims.


MSP Alasdair Allan commented: “It has long been a source of deep frustration to many islanders shopping online that sites appear to offer free UK delivery, whereas, often as late as the check-out stage, additional charges are added when an HS postcode is entered.


“Constituents have regularly brought examples to me of occasions when these delivery charges are either in excess of the price of the product they wished to purchase, or entirely out of proportion to the actual delivery costs.


“I am particularly heartened by the fact that this enforcement notice has been described by the Advertising Standards Authority as a ‘first step’, acknowledging that there is still more to be done to bring about an equitable situation for areas such as the Western Isles.”


Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said: “All too often, people who live across the Highlands and Islands region attempt to buy products online in good faith that they will receive free delivery, only to find out after entering their postcode that punitive charges will be imposed.


“I welcome this intervention by the ASA and hopefully we can continue with the wider campaign of ditching discriminatory delivery charges for good.”


Welcome for online delivery claims action

13 April 2018