The High Court has approved the Bus and Coach Association’s request for a judicial review application against the Secretary of State for Transport against their failure to enforce the rules that would mean that community buses with more than nine seats would be subject to the same regulations as buses, minibuses and coaches run for profit.
Fifteen community bus schemes in Devon could be placed under threat if the judicial review sides with the Bus and Coach Association’s review and compels the court to issue an order to force a new enforcement policy and force community transport groups, operating on a not-for-profit basis, to apply for permits to carry passengers in a bus or minibus without requiring a Public Service Vehicle operator’s licence, or face prosecution.
These are the community transport schemes which Devon County Council currently helps to support:
Exeter Community Transport Association
Axe Valley Ring & Ride
Exmouth & District Community Transport Group
TRIP Community Transport Association (Honiton)
Tiverton & Crediton Community Transport Association
Go North Devon Ltd
Ilfracombe & District Community Transport Association (incl. Torridge Ring & Ride)
Ivybridge & District Community Transport Association (incl. West Dart Community Bus)
Totnes & Dartmouth Ring & Ride (operated by Newton Abbot Community Transport)
East Teignbridge (Dawlish) Community Transport Association
Newton Abbot Community Transport Association (incl. Totnes/Dartmouth Ring & Ride)
Holsworthy Rural Community Transport Association
Torridge Ring & Ride (operated by Ilfracombe Community Transport Association)
Okehampton & District Community Transport Group
Tavistock & District Local Transport Partnership (Ring & Ride)
I guess this means the 187 ? And I was told by one of their drivers they run two school buses as well. I don't know what the implications are of needing a PSV licence (maybe they have such a thing already ?).