Rumbles: SNP must come clean on bus pass plans

By davidmay

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles today called on the Scottish Government to come clean on its plans for bus travel in Scotland after the Transport Minister refused to rule out further changes to the concessionary travel scheme in Scotland.

This afternoon Mr Rumbles asked the Transport Minister a series of questions on the concessionary travel scheme, first introduced by Tavish Scott as Transport Minister, including whether there were plans to increase the eligibility age after recent media reports suggested that this would happen.

Commenting after the session Mr Rumbles said:

“I asked the Transport Minister if there were other options on the table besides raising the age of eligibility like the introduction of means testing or introducing a fee for the entitlement card. He refused to rule any of these measures out despite the SNP committing to free bus travel in their manifesto.

“This will worry those who have benefited from a scheme that has been a success in Scotland. The Minister should not be hiding from the electorate and come clean on what he truly wants to achieve with his changes to the free bus pass.”

From:: David May

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