Should not this thread be resurrected in order to keep it in the public´s mind?
This I see as especially important for discussion after the closedown of the Chunnel on Saturday 17th.
The big question is that the cross-channel ferry services are needed as an extremely important link if anything blocks usage of the Chunnel. Then why is it the British Government has accepted penalty charges on cross channel ships which are not applied in the Mediterranean?
That makes me wonder if the Channel Islands and Scilly Islands are treated the same way. What is the case with the Irish Sea services to Ireland and the Isle of Man? And the Scottish island services? They are even more important since there is no rail competition.
At the very least the penalties should be the equivalent to others charged (or not) on the airlines or railways. No descrimination.