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Pub Buses

Within CAMRA we have a dichotomy (or perhaps that should be "paradox" ) how do we encourage more people to use pubs without being seen to encourage drinking and driving?

One answer is for pubs to run their own bus service. This is quite common in some counties such as Australia. Unfortunately, in the UK current legislation discourages this practice. Put simply, if a service is run for hire or reward it must comply with Public Service or Hackney Carriage legislation; and reward is deemed to be any service connected to a profit making concern.

Fortunately, Andrew Turner, our former MP was sympathetic and corresponded with the then Transport Secretary (see below). We are keen to hear of instances of pubs who have run their own bus (mini-bus) service but have had to stop because of current legislation. This could also include pubs that would have run a service but have been put off.
Please help provide information and let me know if this has effected a pub that you know of. (

The Tale of the Chequers Inn mini-bus.
Letter from Ministy of Transport
Letter from Andrew Turner MP