Inquiry Into Cardiff Transport
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CRITICS of Cardiff transport department were last week promised a full investigation into the administration of the system at an early date. The City council deferred a recommendation of the transport committee to apply immediately to the Licensing Authority for permission to increase fares by a
single and Id. return on all routes not subject to the increases introduced last June.
It was reported that the undertaking now had a deficit of £250,000 which some members attributed to rigid adherence to the pay-as-you-enter
system. Aid. Sir William Williams. chairman of the finance committee. pointed out that the £250,000 loss was incurred by the trams during the war The current estimates revealed a £10,000 surplus on trolleybus working and £200 surplus on the oil-engined buses.
Another member pointed out that since the increased tax on fuel, Cardiff transport department was losing money at the rate of £5 an hour.
On the following day the corporation applied to the South Wales Licensing Authority for permission to withdraw season tickets. If this were granted, it was stated, it would save £4,000 a year and only 1,000 people would be affected.
Some increase would be justified, but it was not possible to agree that comessional fares. should be withdrawn. Commenting on the fares system of the undertaking, he said that careful consideration should be given to the advisability of replacing the flat-rate fares system with a variable one throughout the undertaking.