Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and his Orkney colleague Liam McArthur have called on Scottish ministers to use a £12 million increase in the ferry budget to help reduce fares on routes serving the Northern Isles.
The increase in spending on support for ferry services to £165 million was outlined in the Scottish government’s draft budget.
The Northern Isles MSPs have repeatedly pressed for a reduction to help support local people and businesses.
Mr Scott said: “This money must be spent on reducing fares for passengers in Orkney and Shetland. For too long they have missed out while fares on the west coast routes have been cut in half.
“This government has already promised a substantial reduction in fares but we are yet to see it materialise. The budget is now available. There can be no further delay in cutting fares.”