Privatise The Bus Service

In a free enterprise society I s there any good reason for the state to run bus services? A privatised service would aim to run at a profit not a loss. The IOMG could charge for use of garage and maintenance facilities but leave the service provider to staff them.

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Removal of taxpayer subsidies - how much are these pa?

by dpfellows on April 06, 2017 at 04:00PM

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  • Posted by Flybynight April 06, 2017 at 16:25

    We have a good bus service here - room for improvement, certainly, but better and cheaper than any similar semi-rural places in the UK. Theirs have been ruined by privatisation, wheras bus services in foreign countries that have not been privatised are generally better, like ours. Bad idea- the consequence would be less frequent services on all except mainstream routes, and higher prices further discouraging use.
  • Posted by Litigant April 07, 2017 at 01:31

    All routes except Airport lose money. A private operator would only take on with a large subsidy. Not feasible, or Gov would have already privatised.
  • Posted by Joe1000 April 07, 2017 at 10:14

    We have all heard in the past about the high wages paid to the bus drivers, i understand the newer ones are on less generous terms. When you hear they employ new police entrants but they leave as the money is so poor you wonder how a bus driver is worth near twice that of a PC. As wages are a big part of the costs , you need to address this. Could the buses be converted to gas , being modern engines you would think so and you might see big savings
  • Posted by thegingercat April 09, 2017 at 09:30

    It's not all about money... it's part of the infrastructure, and encourages many people not to use their cars. Keep the bus service as it is.
  • Posted by OldSailor April 09, 2017 at 20:27

    Encourage competitor services and legislate a level playing field. I understand that a coach company was put off because there was a requirement for seatbelts be available for passenger use, but not on the government run bus service. Is it true? The taxpayers already pays subsidies to keep the government monopoly sending empty buses around the island. The question is would competing private services do it for less subsidy?
  • Posted by Manannan April 26, 2017 at 19:38

    The buses should be privatised.
    It can't be too difficult to incorporate minimum service levels and required routes into operator terms and conditions, as well as setting maximum fare rates allowed.
    This would reduce government employee head count and associated pensions.
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