Local authorities to appeal
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• Derby town council, among others, is to appeal against the decision of the East Midland Traffic Commissioners made last week allowing the Trent Motor Traction Company to continue to charge schoolchildren full fares before 9.30 am. The other local authorities who are to appeal are Loughborough and Derbyshire county council.
At the hearing Mr Douglas Walker, for Trent, said that to place the burden of subsidizing this form of travel on the operator was to disguise the true cost of education. He maintained that the proper way to deal with the matter was through the education authorities.
In their decision, the Commissioners were of the opinion that the provision of subsidies for scholars' travel was the responsibility, not of the operator who must pass the cost on to other fare paying passengers, but of the education authority. The Commissioners also pointed out that there existed legislation giving the authority power to finance such concessions, regardless of distances, between an individual child's home and school.