The MSP says numbers of motorhomes using island ferry routes has “shot up nearly
tenfold” over the last decade .
But there is a lack of suitable sites and waste disposal units for them, he said.
In addition the extra space that they require on the ferries has contributed to capacity
problems on ferries over the summer, he maintained.
Alasdair Allan has raised the idea of a “motorhome levy” with transport minister
Mr Allan said: “It has been a fantastic thing for our local economies in the Western
Isles that we have had record numbers of tourists visiting here and enjoying our
However, this success has brought its own set of problems and it is readily apparent
that our infrastructure has not been able to keep up with demand.”
He added: “While there has been substantial and welcomed investment by the Scottish
Government in new and larger ferries we need to recognise the continued pressure
on local people trying to travel in the busy summer months.
“Motorhomes play an important part in our tourist economy and this should not be
about making motorhome visitors feel unwelcome. They are welcome.
“This is about recognising the pressures created on infrastructure by such a rapid
growth in tourism and providing communities with a new source of funding that they
can direct as they see fit.”
Impose levy on motorhomes coming to the Hebrides says MSP
20 Sept 2017
Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan says a motorhome tax should be introduced to help
improve island infrastructure.