What the government is trying to achieve for UK towns and cities with this Bill is what Brighton & Hove already has –an excellent bus service . But it won’t get it by giving control back to Town Halls.
The full details of the Bill were covered in an earlier story. Much of it is concerned with extending flexibility in the governance of local transport policy and planning,. Moving away from the insistence that 'market forces' should be the sole consideration in determining local transport provision, it proposes a relaxation of the competition rules governing bus service tendering and subsidy,
This reflects a growing view that transport fulfils critical social and environmental goals that the market cannot sufficiently address. An element of competition remains to ensure fairness, efficiency, and customer focus but the draft Local Transport Bill would allow local authorities to impose timetables, routes, fares and punctuality on operators and, in certain circumstances, suspend competition rules altogether and award contracts to some operators in preference to others.
The Bill makes the reduction of car use a specific aim and promotes the expansion of road pricing schemes and greater flexibilities and freedoms for local authorities to develop their own schemes.
Click on the link below to download a copy of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnerships response to the Bill.
Click here to download BHEP Response to the draft Local Transport Bill 2007
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