Most of the bus operators, about 130 members, have requested a cap for bus fares at 2 £ for the first three months of the year.
Scotland’s Government has asked for a special bus fare rate for buses in this country to avoid extra fares that bother the passengers.
Indeed, the unique cap for bus fares in Scotland is a necessary event, and the Government must give extreme attention to this issue because transportation is one of the most essential obsessions of people.
Bibby has pledged with the Scottish Government to do the same to prevent people from seeking alternative transport.The MSP said: “The bus services people need daily to get their work and move around their communities are on the brink of collapse.
“As a result, more and more people are being forced into cars by unreliable and overpriced services.
“To get people back on the buses, we should follow the lead labour mayors have set in England to cap fares and make public transport affordable once again.
“In Edinburg, the council-owned Lothian Buses’ single fares are just £1.80, but elsewhere in Scotland, passengers are praying rip-off fares to private bus companies, such as £2.65 for a two-mile journey in Greater Glasgow.
Bus fare cap in Scotland
Indeed, people use a transportation system that is reliable and affordable for them.
They can’t use taxis with high fares, so there is a great necessity for the Government deals with this issue.
So the transportation communities must try to reduce and control bus fare rates to give people better and more affordable services.
The Scottish Government has given the most attention to this country’s transportation service among all other UK countries.
Also, the Scottish Government has provided a situation where people under 22 and over 60 feel at ease using the bus. Even the Scottish Government has made valuable solutions for people with disabilities.
It has prepared a situation that disabled people can use the buses easily without any difficulties.
However, The Scottish Government has tried to provide the bus communities, but the number of passengers is declining every day compared with the previous years.
Of course, Covid-19 and pandemic restrictions have significantly impacted the bus communities’ reduction.
The number of bus passengers in 2019 was 363 million people, but this number of passengers reduced to 127 passengers in 2020.
Bus fares have recently increased by about 6 per cent in Scotland. However, the spokeswoman of Scotland has said that the Scottish Government has allocated £300 million to the bus communities to facilitate communities for children, old people, and disabled people.
Indeed, the Scottish Government has allocated this budget to Bus unity to prevent commuting reduction.
Generally, the Scottish Government’s important goal of providing suitable services to this country’s bus unity is helping people to commute easier, and it also wants to reduce air pollution and urban traffic.
Transport Scotland statistics show a 6% increment in bus fares
The Transport Scotland statistics increment has made transportation hard in this country. Indeed, this percentage of bus fare increment has made transportation poorly for Scottish passengers.
In fact, according to Transport Scotland statistics, bus services in this country will face many unpredictable problems because of an instant increment in bus fares.
People have faced a 6% bus fare increment in transportation services, and they can’t afford this rate of increment.
As a result of bus fare increment, Scottish labour has warned that Scottish bus services need an appointed rate to avoid chaos due to unreasonable bus fare increment.
According to Scottish labour, people can’t rely on other transportation systems as much as buses, and the other fares are unaffordable for them.
Transport Scotland statistics caused 130 operators in England to sign a contract with just £2 increment for the first three months of the year.
Even according to transport Scotland statistics, the fares in Scotland have increased by 6% in real terms over the last five years, compared with a UK increase of 3%.
According to Bibby, Scottish labour must determine a special rule that specifies bus fare increment rates in a standard, affordable, and reliable way for the people of Scotland.
People can’t afford to pay for cars for everyday commuting, and they have an extreme need for buses, so if Scottish labour sets an appropriate rule for the bus fare, people will go back on buses. They will choose buses as the primary transportation system for their everyday commuting.
So Scottish labour will control the bus fares to be fairer and more affordable for the people. Not only is it trying to provide bus services, but also it will have more observation on other transportation systems like rail and ferry, and It will make them more available and more affordable for people.
The Scottish Government has had the most generous behaviour towards its people by helping them by using public transportation.
It has legislated a rule for young people under 20 and people above 60. According to this rule, these groups of people shouldn’t pay the bus fare, even disabled people don’t need to pay for it, and bus fare is free.
In Scotland, only 40 per cent of households with a net annual income of up to 10,000 pounds (11,390 euros) have access to a car, compared with 97 per cent of those with a gain of over 40,000 pounds.
Meanwhile, low-income households are more likely to suffer from polluted air and more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads.
Children in the 20 per cent of most deprived areas in Scotland who travel on foot by bike are more than three times as likely to be involved in a traffic accident than in the 20 per cent least deprived area.
Low-income people are much more likely than high earners to rely on buses. They are also expected to be served by buses that meet their needs, with a transport system that prioritizes commuter journeys into the centre of towns and cities, and with fewer services available for the more local trips such as to the shop or for childcare.
Scottish trips have faced a 69% reduction
Statistics show that the number of trips in Scotland has significantly reduced over the past few days. They showed that the average number of journeys per person per day has fallen from 2.7 to 0.85 in the week to Sunday compared to expected.
There are lots of reasons for this percentage of travel reduction in Scotland, and one of the most important ones can be the energy price increment.
But the Government and the affiliated unions must try as hard as possible to compensate for this reduction by increasing bus trips in Scotland; it must have the most observation on bus trips to control air pollution and people’s budget.
So the bus cap that the Scottish Government has appointed for the buses is mainly to help people travel easier and afford the fares.
Scottish Labour has asked Scotland to prevent people from using substitute transportation; statistics show that the bus fare in Scotland has been 6% over the past five years. However, Britain has had a 66% increment.
If the Scottish Government can’t control this rate of bus fare increment, people will substitute their transportation system because using the bus is unaffordable and unreliable.