By a County Press reporter
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SOUTHERN Vectis has axed its 'Really Green Car Scrappage Scheme’ that allowed residents to trade in their old vehicles for tickets which they could then use on the bus network for 12 months.
Company bosses say the decision has been made due to the increasing costs of administration and disposing of the old vehicles.
Ed Wills, operations director for the firm, said: "Although 101 vehicles have been swapped for bus travel since the scheme was launched on the Isle of Wight in 2009 we feel that the funds required to manage the scheme can be better allocated to support other innovative schemes to reduce car dependency on the island."
Mr Wills said other bus companies including Southern Vectis’ sister firms, Wilts and Dorset and Bluestar did not adopt the scheme due to rising administration costs.
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by Neil Hartland
1st June 2012, at 13:40:20
These 90 day passes are all very well if you use the bus every day for the 90 days.
by IWCP Online
1st June 2012, at 12:08:35
The comment by ian arlett (31st May 2012, at 17:46:06) has been removed due to legal reasons.
1st June 2012, at 11:35:59
Don't seem to be able to find it Ian. Can you enlighten us?
by ian arlett
31st May 2012, at 17:27:17
We only have the word of Southern Vectis that 101 cars were taken off the road, Island residents may have had the wool pulled over their eyes. Maybe to make the scheme look a good idea.
by Simon Haytack
31st May 2012, at 10:01:38
It sounds like a good scheme if it took 101 old cars off the road and got people onto the buses, so it's a shame it can't continue.In relation to fares, I've found there freedom passes to be very good value for money. The 90 day pass is £217, which works out at £2.40 a day. Less than the price of 2 litres of petrol for unlimited travel every day, and half that for students. The 30 day multi ticket works out at £3 per day for unlimited travel, and lasts a year. The bus is clearly miles cheaper than travelling by car, and much more relaxing!
by kevin froment
30th May 2012, at 23:05:47
totally agree with david webb, i can travel 49 miles on the cost of a bus ride to newport and another 49 on the return, and i can go door to door. they could also use the money to reinstate the small routes that were taken away for whatever reason, it certainly wasnt lack of use. there are other avenues they could look into like reusing old cooking oil.
by David Web
30th May 2012, at 22:35:55
Perhaps they could consider reducing the fares they charge as these to tempt away car users as these are some of the highest price fares in the South of England and probably the country and go up year on year with no justification at all.To say they have spent the money raised in through fares towards improving the bus fleet is total nonsense too as although they initially purchased band new buses they were soon sold off to mainland bus firms and the money then not re-invested back into the company but used to pay over inflated wages to the company bosses.Fuel costs could be absorbed by trialling alternative fuel sources for buses such as electric hybrid buses or Hydrogen as the Island would be perfect for such technologies to be trialed due to the small road network and eco principles that the local council is so keen to promote.
by Mr Elliott
30th May 2012, at 19:12:24
What planet (or drugs) are southern vectis on. It's cheaper and quicker for me to drive my car from Ryde to Newport, even with just one person in the car. If I'm going to the hospital, which requires a bus change, then it costs around twice the price to catch a bus. Also, I recently scrapped a car, got paid £75, and it was collected from my house.What we need is another bus company to compete, problem is, nobody else can use southern vectis bus stops, and I can't see the council letting anyone put up more.
by i young
30th May 2012, at 19:09:59
how can disposing of the old vehicles, increase in cost,when you get around £|100 from the scrap yard?
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