Voluntary Partnership Agreement Bus
24.Matthew Goggins of MerseyTravel told us that partnerships work well if bus companies and local authorities pursue similar goals.49 Anecdotally, we have heard that the success of these relationships, which do not have a legal partnership structure, may also depend on the people involved. This statement contains common principles on what a partnership agreement might contain with respect to accessibility, emission standards, route number and destination display, video surveillance, communication systems, ATMs, real-time information/vehicle location, (g) This statement sets out common principles on what a partnership agreement might contain for ticketing and fares. 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. 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. Quality partnership programs are agreements between the Commission and local bus companies to improve the quality of services and facilities within the regulatory area. 13.In London, where bus transport has not been deregulated, Transport for London (TfL) controls fares and routes, including the definition of frequency of services, the definition and monitoring of quality and safety standards, and the definition of vehicle capacity and minimum standards. It allows contracts to be awarded to private companies on a road basis. It was requested that all parts of England be allowed to use similar franchising powers if they wished. Successive governments have proposed different types of partnerships and contracts to improve the transport of deregulated buses and coaches and to give local authorities outside London a wider say in the provision of bus services.