Who gets subsidies?
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THE White Paper spoke of flexibility but on the
contrary seemed to adopt a doctrinaire approach. That was the first reaction of the Passenger Vehicle Operators' Association to the Government's transport policy document published last week. The PVOA said the Paper was too theoretical, for example, in assuming that large units were necessarily the most efficient.
The PVOA would have to take any necessary action to safeguard its members' independence, but only outline proposals had so far been made. With regard to rural subsidies, it was not clear to what extent they would be available to the independents; removal or reduction of fuel tax would be more realistic.