‘Absolutely fine’: Motorhome drivers in favour of planned tax as long as money is invested

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The Council of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland said proposals could see motorhome owners making a “small contribution” to the services they use when there. The monetary contribution would go to protect the local area as well as contributing income towards local infrastructure and the amenities the motorhomes and campervans use.

This “transient visitor levy” would be part of a short-term visitor tax that the Scottish Government is currently proposing.

It has been estimated that this visitor tax could generate between £5million and £10million every year, depending on how the scheme was designed.

The Outer Hebrides, as well as the rest of the UK, saw a big spike in staycations over the past 18 months, thanks to the restrictions on foreign travel.

Carolyn Mitchell is one of the leaders of the Campaign for Real Aires (CAMpRA) and a motorhome owner.

CAMpRA is an organisation which encourages spending in the local economy through the provision of aires or overnight parking areas for motorhomes and campervans.

Carolyn spoke about whether the proposed tax was a good idea and if people would avoid certain areas if they needed to pay.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, she said: “It’ll turn away the people with a tin of beans and a cocktail stick.

“To be honest, when you go to most foreign countries, you end up having to pay a tourist tax, so it’s not actually any different.

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“Personally, as long as they reinvest it in the facilities for motorhome tourism, then in my book that’s absolutely fine.

“If they’re not going to invest in it, why aren’t they charging all tourists? Why are they singling out motorhomes?

“A general tax on all tourists would be a lot fairer, because if they’re going to put it towards infrastructure, then general tourists will use it as well.

“If they’re just going to charge motorhomes, then the money should go to motorhome facilities.

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