A website to combat “shocking” charges for deliveries to rural and island communities has been launched by the Scottish Government.
The parcel delivery pricing map can be accessed from Sunday at www.fairdeliveries.scot.
Users can enter a postcode and it will compare charges for a range of parcel sizes from six major companies.
Business minister Jamie Hepburn said it will encourage companies to review their pricing
He said Scottish Government research had found “shocking stories” of unfair charges.
This included a resident of Mull facing a £230 delivery charge for a television and someone in Moray asked to pay an additional £50 for the delivery of a mobility scooter despite the website advertising free delivery.
“We found that people living in the Highlands and Islands face 21% higher postal charges on average compared to South Western Scotland,” he said.
“If you live in the Outer Hebrides, Shetland or Orkney, you’ll face average surcharges of at least 25% compared to Glasgow and have virtually no access to home delivery.”
Derek Mitchell, chief executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, said: “The research carried out by the Citizens Advice network over the last decade has shown that many people who live in remote and rural areas of Scotland feel that they are dealing with unfair delivery practices.
“Higher prices and a lack of transparency on pricing policies are all too common.
“CAS welcomes the website and publications launched today by Scottish Government and hopes that they are useful for consumers.
“Rural communities deserve a fair deal and CAS will continue to work with the Scottish Government to fight for their interests and to seek practical solutions.”