Campervans are a plague on Mull

The Oban Times - - Letters -

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.

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