Letter from Buses & Taxis Division, Department for Transport
We have recently launched our consultation on detailed changes to guidance and legislation for issuers and users of the Transport Act 1895 section 19 and section 22 permit users in Great Britain.
We would like to reassure you that the Government’s commitment to this sector remains as strong as ever. Part of the purpose of the consultation is that operators and the general public have the opportunity to respond to the consultation and share ideas.
The most important point to stress is that the rules only apply to vehicles with more than eight passenger seats and that operators of larger vehicles are exempt if their primary purpose is not transport or if they operate services that cannot be properly considered commercial, for example: • Where there are no alternative non-community transport providers who offer journeys to or from similar destinations; • Where the service is an occasional activity, organised on a voluntary basis with an unpaid driver for a specific group of people; or • Where the service is either free of charge or the charge is substantially less than the cost of providing the service.
The consultation document can be found using this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/section-19-and-22-permits-how-to-apply-eu-regulation-10712009
As part of the consultation, we are also holding a series of workshops across the country. Details of which can be found below:
Ipswich, 9th April, Morning session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-ipswich-morning-session-tickets-43557626032 Afternoon session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-ipswich-afternoon-session-tickets-43591334856
Nottingham, 13th April Morning session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-nottingham-morning-session-tickets-43554151640 Afternoon session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-nottingham-afternoon-session-tickets-43554285039
Edinburgh, 16th April Morning session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-edinburgh-morning-session-tickets-43936707876 Afternoon session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-edinburgh-afternoon-session-tickets-43936980692
South Wales, 20th April Morning session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-south-wales-morning-session-tickets-43550488684 Afternoon session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-south-wales-afternoon-session-tickets-43553598987
Leeds, 25th April Morning session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-leeds-morning-session-tickets-43922820338 Afternoon session: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-leeds-afternoon-session-tickets-43922868482
London, 27th April Morning session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-london-morning-session-tickets-43651963197 Afternoon session - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-transport-consultation-london-afternoon-session-tickets-43652443634
Manchester, 30th April Morning: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-transport-consultation-manchester-morning-session-tickets-44363410154 Afternoon: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-transport-consultation-manchester-afternoon-session-tickets-44363461307
We would be grateful if news of the consultation as well as our regional workshops could be cascaded to community transport operators and the general public.
Buses and Taxis Division