Since the coming into force of the Transport Act 2000, quality contracts provisions have not been used. No statutory partnership schemes are currently in force, however in January 2007 a statutory quality partnership scheme for north Sheffield was formally signed by Sheffield city council and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority and Executive. This will come into effect in July 2007.
Voluntary partnerships already exist widely across the country.
The Government's proposals, set out in ‘Putting Passengers First’ in December 2006, aim to make quality contracts a more realistic option and to increase the scope of quality partnership schemes.