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by Community Transport Association category: Cause
Transport is a lifeline for people of all ages and being able to get out and about is vital to accessing the world around us. Unfortunately, public transport often isn’t an option for those who; can't afford it, have no local bus services, live rurally, or can't use conventional public transport due to needing extra assistance or support.
Thousands of charities and third sector organisations across the UK currently run community transport services on a daily basis. From schools to churches, from care homes to your local dial-a-ride, every day, huge numbers of people hop in their minibuses to help members of our communities get to where they need to be.
However, these services are under threat.
Now, following a challenge from a group of commercial bus operators, the Department for Transport has proposed changes to the way that not-for-profit organisations should run their transport, and would mean that an estimated:
- 28% of all organisations running not-for-profit community transport will need a commercial operator’s licence to continue running their services.
- 84% of all organisations running not-for-profit transport will have to ensure their staff and volunteers obtain a commercial minibus driving qualification if they want to continue to drive their vehicles.
- 95% of all organisations running not-for-profit transport will be affected by these changes and required to spend large amounts of money to become compliant.
This could threaten the ability of community transport providers to continue serving the most vulnerable in their communities. We do not believe this needs to be the case. We believe that there are alternative ways forward. This is why we are asking DfT to reconsider their proposed changes and why we are encouraging you to join us
Community Transport Association
The Community Transport Association is a national charity that represents and supports providers of community transport: thousands of local charities and community groups that provide vital not-for-profit transport services across the UK.