PETER SHIPP, the chairman and, as I understand it, the sole shareholder in East Yorkshire Motor Services makes some interesting points in defence of his company in response to Evening News readers.
He is critical of the bus concessionary fares scheme, and there is no doubt that it could be improved. Instead, along with local council cutbacks, it will be made worse.
But in the public’s mind, there must be questions to bus companies too – here are some: as a result of the extra passengers brought in by the scheme, how many extra buses and drivers has EYMS laid on?
Surely, if the answer is none then the fare scheme is bringing in extra revenue without increasing running costs?
Next, at what level does EYMS charge back the taxpayer for a journey?
I was told by a constituent that a short journey in Scarborough, if paid for by them costs less than the minimum charge if charged against the scheme.
Is this true – is the minimum charge for a concessionary fare higher than any of the minimum fares charged to paying passengers?
I wonder too what has happened to passenger numbers in the EYMS area since the scheme started – overall, are more or fewer people using the buses?
For the many older people now able to get around for free, the scheme has been a boon, and we should seek out ways of improving the concessionary fares scheme, not just Mr Shipp’s bottom line.
I have no objection to him increasing his profit, but that outcome is not necessarily synonymous with the passengers’ interest.
Cllr Colin Challen
St Sepulchre Street