Consistent and targeted lobbying by the Coach Transport & Tourism Council (CTTC) has led to part payments for school bus operators for this academic year, but the passenger transport body warns, as the political parties try to put together an administration, it is vital that when the new Government is formed, it must support the bus and coach industry.
“As Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael endeavour to negotiate a new political framework, it is vital that any incoming Government must support Ireland’s bus and coach industry and that a Dail Deputy with sufficient influence is appointed to the Transport and Tourism Ministerial brief to reflect the significant revenue and employment contribution the passenger and hospitality sectors provide to the Exchequer. Furthermore this must also be reflected in a future programme for Government,” commented John Halpenny, Chairman, CTTC.
“Support for the sector must be forthcoming particularly as International Monetary Fund predicts the global economy will shrink by 3% this year as a result of COVID-19. In addition a recent survey undertaken by IATA’s suggests that post the lockdowns the return to air travel will likely occur in stages. Restoring confidence will be crucial as 40% of passengers say they will wait 6 months or more before travelling again,” continued John.
On a more positive note, the CTTC continues to lobby on behalf on the industry and following representation to Minister McHugh was successful in ensuring that contractors will continue to be paid at 50% while schools are closed in the current academic year.