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AGREEMENTS BETWEEN BUS OPERATORS AND COUNCILS DEFENDED

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The director-general of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK responds to criticism of Quality Partnerships i...
The director-general of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK responds to criticism of Quality Partnerships in a letter to The Times (p21).

Veronica Palmer says there are over 25 of these schemes - local agreements between bus operators and local authorities to make bus travel more attractive - which vary in size and effectiveness.

'Certainly bus lanes alone will not bring about the desired shift from car to bus,' she says. 'Bus lanes must be properly enforced and drivers who abuse bus lanes must be subject to strict penalties.

'Also, local authorities must be brave and provide bus-priority measures where they will benefit passengers most, which is not necessarily where they will cause the least upset to car drivers.

She continues: 'It is true that there is little data available on exactly what percentage of car drivers are now using the bus in Quality Partnership areas, but the point is that if the schemes are allowed to flourish, some will.'
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