§ 40. Mr. Gummer
asked the Minister of Transport what measures he intends to relieve local shoppers' and community buses from the restrictions laid upon operators who charge fares in the normal manner.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
My right hon. Friend will shortly be introducing legislation making it easier for all operators to obtain road service licences. Such licences will continue to be required, except in certain trial areas, for stage carriage services where separate fares are collected. However, any operator of shoppers, community and other buses who is aggrieved by restrictions laid upon his road service licence is and will continue to be able to appeal against the traffic commissioners' imposition of such restrictions to the Minister.