March 10 2022

In response to rising fuel prices across the country CPT has written to the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments to highlight the impact this is having on bus and coach operators and in particular home to school services.

CPT has called for governments to step in and provide support to operators to cover the increasing costs they are seeing for home to school services and has also highlighted that in the longer term reviewing the inequality that exists between the coach sector and other public transport modes that pay no fuel duty such as rail and air must take place.

Commenting on the letters CPT Head of External Relations Tom Bartošák-Harlow said:

“We are very conscious of the serious impact that the rising fuel prices is having for all our members, and particularly coach operators who are just starting to see signs of recovery following the effects that the global pandemic had on our sector.

“It’s vitally important that the governments of Britain listen to CPT’s call and take immediate action to ensure that over 600,000 children can continue to get to school safely and sustainably by coach.”

You can read the letters by clicking the link below:

UK Government - you can read the letter to Baroness Vere, Minister for Roads, Buses and Places here

Scottish Government - you can read the letter to Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy here

Welsh Government - you can read the letter to Rebecca Evans, Minister for Finance and Local Government here