The group, which represents bus users, said that ‘changing lifestyles, flexible working, funding cuts and the regulatory environment are forcing rural bus services into decline’.
The report, Rural buses: reversing the decline, calls for reform of the Traffic Commissioners to represent the interests of bus users, modernisation of the role of the DVSA, for local authorities to take a more consumer-led approach to transport, and for local partnership working to be a requirement between local authorities and bus operators. It also calls for a trial of new models of rural bus provision built on community interest or co-operative principles.
Bus Users UK chief executive Claire Walters said: ‘Creative and innovative solutions to the rural transport crisis are urgently needed, but will only be possible with reform of the bodies and the regulatory environment that govern it.’
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