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Bus Regulation Proposal Lodged

Iain Gray MSP has today lodged his final proposal for his Bus Regulation Member’s Bill:

Iain Gray: Proposed Bus Regulation (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to extend the powers of transport authorities to regulate bus services through (a) quality contract schemes, (b) quality partnership schemes, and (c) ticketing schemes; and to extend the powers of the Traffic Commissioner in relation to the registration of bus services. (lodged on 4 December 2014)

He has also published a summary of the consultation responses, which you can access on the Scottish Parliament website.

Patrick has long supported the idea of increasing regulatory control over local bus services and welcomed today’s announcement, stating:

“In many parts of Scotland, both urban and rural, bus services remain way below the standards that other European countries enjoy. That won’t change until government recognises that public transport is a public service, and should not be left to the market to organise.

“Iain Gray’s bill will be a step in the right direction and will allow some protection for people who rely on routes that the private sector left to itself would scrap. I urge the Scottish Government to give this proposal a fair hearing, and I will continue to push for better buses in my own city of Glasgow.”