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NEW MEASURES TO HELP EASE BUS CONGESTION ANNOUNCED

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New regulations to improve the operation of local bus services outside London have been announced by public transpo...
New regulations to improve the operation of local bus services outside London have been announced by public transport minister Roger Freeman.

They follow a consultation period with the industry and local authorities and will be laid before Parliament in the autumn.

The regulations will give additional powers to Traffic Commissioners under Section 7 of the 1985 Transport Act to regulate the number of vehicles used to provide services in certain circumstances.

The commissioners already have powers to regulate routes and stopping places where there is severe traffic congestion.

The new regulations will extend these powers to regulate the number of buses operating a particular route.

They will introduce restrictions on the use of duplicate vehicles, so that duplicate buses may be run over any part of a route only when the vehicle normally providing the service cannot cope with passenger demand.

In addition the duplicate should travel as near as possible to the bus it is duplicating.

The department will also produce a simplified form for the registration of bus services, to shorten it and remove repetition.

The consultation also proposed that the 42 day notice period for timetable changes should be reduced to 21 days where operators co-ordinate local changes for the same date.

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