A petition has been started to lobby the government to regulate ferry crossing prices.
The petition specifically mentions the Isle of Wight and claims Islanders are charged “excessive amounts” for leaving the Island.
At the time of writing the petition had over 6000 signatures, was started by Sarah Frances Johnstone and runs until February 20, 2019.
The petition is titled: “Empower the UK Government or Parliament to regulate ferry prices.”
The petition text claims: “With current ferry prices being unregulated, companies are permitted to charge whatever they wish for crossings. UK residents living in such places as the Isle of Wight are charged excessive amounts for commuting or travel to see family and friends. Likewise for tourists going the other way. Overall the inflated ferry prices are hurting the economy of islands around the UK.”
At 10,000 signatures, the government will respond to this petition.
At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
Wightlink have been contacted for comment.
Red Funnel have been contacted for comment.
You can sign the petition here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/227134