On 10 October 2017, Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the Transport Select Committee in the UK Parliament launched an inquiry into the licencing arrangements for community transport in the light of the Department for Transport’s 31 July letter on Section 19/22 Permits and driver licencing.
In a recent blog for members we encouraged all community transport providers and those who support and care about what we do to respond to this Inquiry. By responding to the inquiry you will be helping to build evidence for the Transport Select Committee so that they can have a deeper understanding about the work you do and the positive impact you have on your passengers and your local community. It will also help them understand the risks, costs and consequences of the Department for Transport continuing down the path it has chosen. You may also wish to use your response to start a discussion with your local MP on the impact of these proposed changes.
Please note that this is not the Department for Transport’s consultation, the date and details of which are yet to be announced. We will also be contacting our members in Northern Ireland separately as they operate under a different regulatory regime.
To support you in demonstrating your impact to the Transport Select Committee we have put together a guidance document and a response template.
The guidance document provides prompts suggesting the types of information that would helpfully illustrate the nature and value of your services and how any changes to regulations may have an impact on your work in the future.
This should be used alongside the response template in order to structure your response in line with the Inquiry’s five lines of questioning.
CTA is currently putting together its formal response to the Committee which will be released for you to read in the coming week.
Once you have completed your response please send it to the Transport Select Committee here before Friday 03 November.
We would love to see your responses – if you would like to share, please email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have any questions or would like any additional guidance please don’t hesitate to get in touch.