§ Mr. Rooker
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if concessionary fare and travel card passengers are taken into account when deciding if bus routes are economic.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
Decisions on whether bus services can be run commercially, without subsidy, are for bus operators, who will no doubt take into account any reimbursement to which they may be entitled in respect of concessionary fare and travel card passengers, as well as their eligibility for fuel duty rebate and, where applicable, rural bus grant. Local authorities have duties under the Transport Act 1985 to formulate general policies in respect of other services they wish to secure, and in performing those duties they must have regard to the needs of members of the public who are elderly or disabled.