22 May 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to Transport Select Committee Report highlighting decline in the Bus Industry
The entire bus network must be taken into public ownership, transport union RMT has said in response to the Transport Select Committees report highlighting the continuing decline in the bus industry.
In a survey of RMT bus members 85% believed that bus services should be publicly owned.
The union also said the MPs concerns about dangerously long driving hours in the bus industry supported the RMT campaign to drive down bus drivers’ hours with no loss of pay.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Neglected, underfunded and privatised bus services have been disastrous for passengers and this report should be a wakeup call for the Government.
“MPs are right to call for a national bus strategy and municipal bus services. They are also right to warn that the scourge of long hours and low pay in the bus industry threatens passenger service and safety.
“Only by returning our entire bus network to public ownership can we have the affordable services that our communities need.”