We have asked Ruth Vigor to present you with this petition to form part of the consultation and review of home to school transport, which was agreed at the Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting in October 2012 attended by Sally Roberts and Jonathan Dodd on behalf of the signatories to this petition. At that meeting, we presented the two main pillars of our campaign for fair fares. Firstly that the charge based on distance is unfair and punitive to those parents and their children living further from their schools, that the difference between the lowest charge of £75 per year to the highest of £1,100 is wholly unacceptable, as is the Admin charge applied to those who choose to pay termly which can be as high as an extra £200.
It should be borne in mind that the actual cost of each seat on the bus is £600 per year so those students being made to pay more than £600 are in effect subsidising the students who pay less!
It has been suggested that the Admin charge which was discussed at the Committee meeting is now actually a discount offered to those who pay the year in advance, but in any event the home to school transport service should be offered to all students on an equal footing, so both distance based charging and surcharges effect those furthest away and less able to pay, are simply an extra unwarranted tax.
16+ School Transport Group