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MEP TO INVESTIGATE 'DISCRIMINATORY' CONCESSIONARY BUS FARES

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Hertfordshire Euro-MP Peter Truscott is to investigate claims that bus companies in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and...
Hertfordshire Euro-MP Peter Truscott is to investigate claims that bus companies in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire are condoning sex discrimination among the elderly, reports BBC Three Counties.

He is concerned that some men have to wait five years longer than women before they can claim cheap fares.

Luton and District Transport Ltd is one company that offers concessionary fares for women from the age of 60 and men at the age of 65. Dr Truscott believes recent European Court rulings makes that illegal.

He commented: 'Particularly (the rulings) on prescription charges, which say that men and women should be treated equally when it comes to retirement age and, as a result, men over 60 now don't have to pay prescription charges'.

Luton and District Transport said its pricing system was in line with the policies of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire local authorities. Council officers said they have to abide by the Transport Act 1985 which gives concessions to women at an earlier age than men.
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