19.The Ministry of Transport stated that “by the end , all guidelines and secondary legislation will be available to enable local authorities to use the full range of franchising and partnership powers.” 37 This has not yet been done. On February 13, 2019, the minister informed us that it would be done “later this year.” 38 It is important to stress that declarations do not restrict the ability of local transport authorities to use the full range of statutory powers, nor should declarations be seen as a limitation on the scope of local voluntary agreements if both parties wish to go further. Instead, the statements are intended to explain what the TWU and the CPT (on behalf of all their members) can include in a voluntary partnership agreement, both legally and politically. These explanations mean that local bus companies and local transportation authorities can use the explanations to establish strong, local voluntary partnerships, instead of negotiating any local agreement from the first principles (with all the delay, legal advice and referrals up), local bus and transportation companies and local transportation authorities to establish strong, local voluntary partnerships. 14.Es allows local authorities to cooperate with bus and coach companies. These include voluntary partnerships, legal partnership systems and a franchising model. Many regions are opting for voluntary partnerships in which local authorities and bus companies voluntarily cooperate to improve local bus transportation. If voluntary partnerships are not possible, legal partnerships can be used.18 coach partnerships have been supported since the publication of a white paper in 1998: a new transport contract: better for all,19 which proposed legal quality partnerships (QPS). This has enabled local authorities and bus companies to enter into reciprocal agreements on the provision of services and infrastructure. This operating model was facilitated by the Local Transport Act 2008.20. The most significant changes were the replacement of the requirement that a system be the “only viable way” to implement the local government`s bus strategy policy, with a new set of criteria, the removal of the Secretary of State`s requirement to approve systems in England. , a new right of appeal for bus and coach companies and the protection of the employment of the workers concerned.
The Local Transport Act 2008 has significantly expanded the scope for broader, more comprehensive and more efficient voluntary partnerships to improve local bus transportation. Significant obstacles and stumbling blocks have been swept away – for example, competition rules have been considerably relaxed. In order to help local transport authorities and local operators exploit the potential of the law, the CPT and UTG have adopted a number of common positions that provide a framework in which local transport authority bus planners and local bus companies can negotiate local partnership agreements.