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TSSA slams 'vindictive' ban on councils running bus services

8 June 2016

Manuel Cortes wonders if the government are worried that public operated services, run more effectively and with cheaper fares could shame the private operators.

A ban on councils setting up their own bus companies is "vindictive and unfair", a union has complained.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) attacked a new clause in the Bus Services Bill which will ban mayors from starting new companies.

"This is vindictive and unfair," said general secretary Manuel Cortes.

"There are still 10 municipal bus services operating in England and Wales and one of them, Reading, was operator of the year last year.

"The Government is obviously worried that, with a new raft of elected mayors coming into office in places like Bristol and Manchester, we could see a revival in publicly operated services which will be cheaper and more efficient than the private operators.

"If ministers really believe in devolution, they should encourage competition from the public sector, not ban it outright. Why should private operators be allowed to rip off passengers when there is a cheaper proven public option?"

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