Commenting on Scottish Labour’s proposals to extend free bus travel to everyone under the age of 26, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said: “The fall in bus use is a serious problem for Scotland’s public transport network.
“The Scottish Government has failed to take the initiative, and measures to reverse the decline are now a decade overdue. Ministers need to show more imagination to find new ways to encourage people to move from cars on to buses but solutions also have to be practical and affordable.
“Labour have completely failed to present any evidence or cost analysis for their proposals today. I’m pleased that the Scottish Government has taken a more sensible route and finally agreed to investigate how this worrying trend can be reversed, while also exploring the possibility of extending the scheme for under 26s. I look forward to the results of the report.”
On the Concessionary Travel Scheme launched by Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport Minister Tavish Scott in 2006, Mr Rumbles added: “The welfare benefits of concessionary travel for over 60s have been clear for all to see. Increasing bus use is better for the environment and for the health of the nation, I am proud to have supported the project when the Liberal Democrats introduced it in 2006.”