David Stewart MSP has pushed for the Scottish Government to act to tackle nuisance calls and texts, following a Scottish Labour debate in Holyrood.
Mr Stewart has demanded that the Scottish Government commits to using certified companies and publishes an action plan for working to target nuisance calls in the Highlands and Islands.
According to research by Ofcom, more than eight in 10 people in the UK received nuisance calls on their landline over a one month period.
Consumer organisation Which?’s research found that a quarter (23%) of Scottish consumers have received an unwanted call but have not reported it, stating that they don’t know where to complain.
Eight in 10 Scottish people (81%) support greater accountability over nuisance calls by directors being personally fined if their company breaks the rules.
Vacancy : Parliamentary Assistant (Inverness- based) to Rhoda Grant MSP and David Stewart MSP
Members of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands & Islands
Parliamentary Assistant (Inverness based)
(Six month contract with possible opportunity for extension)
David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government whether it will allocate any Barnett consequentials from vehicle excise duty to (a) trunk road construction and (b) the integration of sustainable transport modes and, if so, how much.
David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S4W-27314 by Derek Mackay on 16 September 2015, whether it will provide a breakdown of the £305,758 paid as compensation to passengers of CalMac since July 2012 by (a) reason for payment, (b) route, (c) month and (d) year.
David Stewart: To ask the Scottish Government what recent representations it has made to the UK Government on the impact on Scottish ferry services of EU regulation 3577/92 on maritime cabotage.
Scottish Labour’s Transport Spokesman, David Stewart MSP (Highlands & Islands) has expressed his dismay the main Scottish CityLink service to Edinburgh and Glasgow is to be allowed to by-pass so many communities in Badenoch.
“Public transport services are really important for our rural communities,” said Mr Stewart, “and any lessening of this service has a dis-proportionate effect on them.
“This bus service to Edinburgh and Glasgow is a vital link and replacing a standard coach with a mini-bus is not providing the service that these communities deserve.
“A mini-bus shuttle journey of 30 miles to link up with a coach that passes within a couple of miles of your village seems a nonsensical arrangement,” continued Mr Stewart.