Local Bus Services (Dorset)

Part of Petitions – in the House of Commons at 10:43 pm on 28th April 2008.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch 10:43 pm, 28th April 2008

I beg to present a petition signed by well over 1,000 residents of West Moors in my constituency who are bewildered by the reductions in bus services, including the loss of the direct service between West Moors and the Royal Bournemouth hospital. Specifically, they express a concern that one of the justifications for the rescheduling is the requirement of the Bus Company to reduce the length of its routes to less than 31 miles so that it can use vehicles without tachographs which would otherwise be required under the Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2007.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reduce regulatory burdens and review the impact of the latest regulations upon local bus services.

It is then signed by the petitioners, particularly Mr. and Mrs. Roger Long.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The Petition of customers and residents of West Moors in the Christchurch constituency,

Declares that they deplore the decision of Wilts. and Dorset Bus Company to reschedule local bus services in such a way as to remove the direct services between West Moors and Bournemouth and Bournemouth Hospital and express their concerns that one of the justifications for the rescheduling is the requirement of the Bus Company to reduce the length of its routes to less than 31 miles so that it can use vehicles without tachographs which would otherwise be required under the Community Drivers' Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2007.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to reduce regulatory burdens and review the impact of the latest regulations upon local bus services.

And the Petitioners remain, etc. ]

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Carl Barron
Posted on 29 Apr 2008 1:02 pm (Report this annotation)

Since the 'Concessionary Bus Passes' were introduced there has been numerous reports of Bus Companies cutting services Nation-wide.

The Bus Companies cannot honestly say that this system is loosing them revenue as those travelling by Concessionary Bus Passes are mainly taking up seats that would normally be empty during off peak periods. This system represents a new revenue stream for all bus companies, which they must appreciate.

Central Government must also realise that it too has a 'New Vast Revenue Stream' from those who are out spending thier disposable income, and therefore must release the funding to cover this project long term, if the 'New Revenue Streams' from disposable income are to continue. The main beneficiary being HM Treasury.

Douglas White
Posted on 29 Apr 2008 1:19 pm (Report this annotation)

Again, an example of EU regulatory creep imposing itself upon all aspects of our lives.