Scottish bus regulation bill fails

A bid to strengthen the regulation of buses in Scotland and to extend concessionary bus travel for disabled people has failed to attract cross-party support in the Scottish parliament. Labour MSP Charlie Gordon had submitted a Members’ Bill. Gordon wanted to see free travel on community transport services for concessionary pass holders.

LibDem transport spokeswoman Alison McInness says plans to extend concessions to older and disabled people who use rural community transport are being considered after a motion she raised in parliament was passed, adding:  “Any additional legislative approach, as proposed by Mr Gordon, may be unnecessary. In addition, I do not believe that Scotland’s bus services would be best served by additional regulation. Mr Gordon’s proposals would have been a strain on Scotland’s already overstretched local councils. It is likely they would have increased the costs involved for operators, while reducing private sector investment in the bus industry.”