§ Mr. Trotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote the use of buses.
§ Mr. Freeman
I announced recently a series of measures to promote the use of the busprovision of at least 10 million over the next two years to fund specific local authority bus schemes;publication through HMSO of the Department's "Keeping Buses Moving"—a guide for local authorities on the provision of bus priority measures;more resources to the traffic commissioners to check that local bus services run in accordance with their published timetables;a review by the Department of current arrangements for passenger information with a view to providing guidelines for local authorities and bus operators;the Department will seek to fund a local authority demonstration project which utilises fully accessible low floor buses;the introduction in 1992 of an instrumented smoke emissions test for in-service vehicles, together with tough road side enforcement.
These measures have been widely welcomed by the Bus and Coach Council and local authority associations.