5 November 2012
The Youth Select Committee has today published its report on Transport and Young People. Amongst the recommendations are calls for the age at which young people start paying full fares to be set at 18 for all transport operators across England and for the introduction of a national concessionary scheme to provide a discounted bus travel card for those younger.
Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director at Campaign for Better Transport said
“High costs, poor services and weak understanding of young people’s transport needs are leaving many isolated and unable to access training and education opportunities. A consistent approach to concessionary fares, and dialogue between young people, transport operators and local authorities would really help. The Government is giving local councils more control over the funding that goes to bus services, but they must guarantee that this will mean a better deal for young people”.
Notes to Editors
The Youth Select Committee was launched in April by the British Youth Council with support from the House of Commons. It mirrors the UK Parliament Select Committee structure and gives young people the opportunity to scrutinise and hold enquiries into topics of importance to them.
The full report of the Youth Select Committee can be read on the UK Youth Parliament website along with evidence from Campaign for Better Transport.