Community spirit

The Transport Select Committee has called on the Government to protect the 'social value of community transport’ as it moves to consult on reforming the permit system.

While UK law is widely thought to be out-of-step with community transport, the Transport Committee is warning that proposals to address instances of unfairness between community transport and its commercial counterparts could result in using ‘a sledgehammer to crack a nut’.

In the last edition of Bus Users’ ezine, Claire Walters, Chief Executive expressed her concern for tightening legislation around community transport: “The anomalies that exist between community and commercial operators clearly need to be resolved, but forcing successful Community Transport operators to start behaving like their commercial counterparts will be the death knell for community transport services - and that benefits no-one.”

Read the report Community Transport and the Department for Transport’s proposed consultation in full

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