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miniplus June issue 31

comment EDITOR | COMMENT /miniplusmag @miniplusteam miniplus.co.uk | June 2017 | 3 Section 19’s real villains Tim Deakin Editor European Commission (EC) infraction proceedings against the Department for Transport (DfT) concerning abuse of Section 19 permits may finally be coming to a head, with a ‘reasoned opinion’ on the complaint raised by a group of operators expected soon. miniplus has no doubt that allegations of abuse of the permits by some organisations are, sadly, well-founded, and that businesses have been damaged by that abuse. Regardless of differing legal opinions about the connection between commercial operation and profit, arguments that EDITORIAL TEAM miniplus editor Tim Deakin tdeakin@divcom.co.uk 01733 889686 CONTRIBUTORS Mel Holley Jessamy Chapman ADVERTISING TEAM Sales Manager Daniel Lunn dlunn@divcom.co.uk 01733 405734 Senior Sales Executive Steven Black sblack@divcom.co.uk 01733 405731 PUBLISHING TEAM Design Team Ross Phillips Phil Robinson ADMIN EXECUTIVE Beverley Lunn adcopy@divcom.co.uk Published by Diversified Communications UK Ltd Unit 4, Minerva Business Park, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6FT 01733 405730 | www.divcom.co.uk www.miniplus.co.uk ISSN 2058-9972 Please note that calls to and from the Peterborough office may be recorded contracts are undertaken for no net return are hard to acknowledge. ‘Why bother?’ is the obvious reply. But at the same time, major changes to Section 19 regulations could have a serious impact on passengers who use services operated under such permits that have no effect on the for-profit sector. In a worstcase scenario, those buses could disappear. The group of operators took their complaint to the EC followed after the DfT and ministers repeatedly put their fingers in their ears and ignored them, rather than deal with abuse of permits. The current situation is the result, and the government must shoulder the blame.


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