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Closed Petitions - Petition PE1338  
Petition by David Stuart MacKay calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend relevant legislation to provide that night services are eligible services for holders of entitlement cards for free bus travel for older and disabled persons.  
Petitioner: David Stuart MacKay  
Number of signatures: 1  
Date lodged: 1 July 2010  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1338 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1338  

Written Questions for PE1338  

13 September 2010 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Age Scotland, Scottish Disability Equality Forum and a selection of bus operators (First Group and Lothian Buses) seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. <Link to Official Report 13 September 2010 

23 November 2010 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that Transport Scotland and First Bus have confirmed that there are many services that operate around or after midnight where normal daytime fares apply. Transport Scotland also confirmed that extending the scheme, including the type of services eligible for free bus travel, was considered as part of the review and that it was concluded that services which charge fares significantly above the normal amount (premium fares) for example night services at a premium fare should continue to be excluded. Further, Age Scotland believes that extending the scheme to Demand Responsive Community Transport would be a benefit to the frailest and most vulnerable people in promoting social inclusion and that it would not be appropriate to extend this scheme to cover night services without there being a study to provide evidence that it limits opportunities for older people to access shops and services, visit relatives, attend medical appointments or travel to work. Link to Official Report 23 November 2010" 

 
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