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Minibuses: Concessions

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will extend concessionary fare schemes to cover the provision of volunteer car and minibus services. (188331)

The Government have no plans at present to extend the coverage of statutory concessionary travel to cover the provision of volunteer car and minibus services, although a small number of community transport-type services may already be eligible for the statutory concession. Our current focus is on the successful implementation of the new all-England off-peak bus travel concession from April this year.

Any changes to the scope of concessionary travel would have to be fully funded and the impacts considered carefully following consultation with all the interested parties. Local authorities retain the ability to offer discretionary concessions over and above the statutory minimum at their own expense.