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MEP Welcomes New Rights for Ferry Passengers

By Gwatsonmep  |  Posted: December 19, 2012

Comments (0) New rights brought in by the EU to ensure passengerstravelling by ferry are treated fairly for delays and cancellations have beenwelcomed by a South West MEP.

Currently, EU legislation ensures that anyone affected by the delay orcancellation of a flight is entitled to a certain level of accommodation andrefreshments or a free transfer onto another flight. For passengers travellingby train across borders, such as Eurostar, a discount for future journeys isoffered to passengers who are delayed by 90 minutes or more.

Under the new rules, ferry passengers will be entitled to a full or partialrefund should their ferry be cancelled or delayed along with accommodation forthree nights up to the value of £65 a night for each night a passenger isstranded.

Lib Dem Sir Graham Watson, who was successful in clawing back compensation fora number of air passengers stranded by the 2010 volcanic ash disruption,commented:

"This is great news for ferry passengers and for the Westcountry as awhole, which has some of the UK'sbiggest ferry passenger terminals.

"It's important that passengers know their rights when travelling abroad.One of the key benefits about being a member of the EU is rights such as these.For many years air and rail passengers have been able to travel with the peaceof mind that, should something go wrong that was not their fault, they wouldnot be left out of pocket. From this week ferry passengers now have thatguarantee and from March next year the rights will also be extended to bus andcoach passengers."

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