Campervans are a plague on Mull
Sir, We have visited Mull at least twice a year for more than 30 years and have always appreciated a cheery wave from fellow road users when we all drive appropriately.
Manners did seem to have declined a bit in the past couple of years but on our latest visit they were virtually non- existent.
RET seems to have served solely to encourage a proliferation of campervans which trundle happily along the single-track roads, oblivious to other road users.
The vast majority and, to be fair, an awful lot of other tourist vehicles won’t pull into a passing place to allow overtaking and will flatly refuse to reverse even a matter of feet for oncoming vehicles. Instead you are left to reverse some distance up the road only to be glared at for impeding their progress. And don’t get me started on the cyclists.
At least when we come to Mull we pay for accommodation and spend money in local shops and restaurants. I suspect the only contribution many campervan tourists make to the local economy is to add to the degradation of the roads.
Surely it is within the bounds of possibility to make RET only available to island residents? We come to Mull partly for the peace and quiet and that is sadly disappearing.
We would be more than willing to pay the higher ferry fare to restore some equilibrium to the island’s roads.
Also, I have some vague memory that CalMac used to hand out leaflets about driving on single-track roads and, again, it would not involve rocket science to distribute some information when people collect their tickets. George Burns, Wheatfield, Leyland, Lancashire.