The DfT have published their concessionary fares reimbursement guidance and calculator for the 2020/21 scheme year. We have reviewed the latest guidance and we can confirm that it is in line with last year’s publication.
Operators should receive their draft scheme documents for the 2020/21 scheme year over the coming days. The team here at EPM would be happy to review these documents free of charge in order to provide you with an initial assessment of the scheme, including the proposed reimbursement parameters. We frequently identify areas for improvement and assist operators to secure the additional reimbursement they are entitled to.
If you would like a review of your scheme documents, or if you have any concessionary fares questions, please contact email@example.com.
Transport Scotland have recently written to operators to advise them of the arrangements for their BSOG and Concessionary Fares schemes from 1 April 2019.
A copy of the letter can be found at the foot of this page – the main points to note are as follows:
The underlying BSOG rate of 14.4 pence per kilometre (ppkm) is maintained, as is the rate of 17ppkm for sustainable biodiesel operations.
There will be four rates for new Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) introduced after 1 April 2019, ranging from 5ppkm through to 30ppkm, each rate being dependent on the level of emissions that can be achieved by qualifying vehicles. For these new vehicles they will only be eligible for the LCV incentive for five years from the date of first claim.
For operators of existing LCV’s that have been claimed prior to 1 April 2019 they will continue to receive the current rate of 10.1ppkm, however this payment will also be limited to five years. Therefore buses that have already received the LCV incentive for five or more years will no longer be eligible.
We understand that Transport Scotland will be contacting operators over the next few months to request additional data for those LCV’s currently in operation and on order so that a database of qualifying vehicles can be established.
The reimbursement rate for 2019/20 will be 56.5% of the adult single fare with the scheme capped at £213.65million. The rate for 2018/19 was 56.8%.
Transport Scotland have forecast that the Concessionary payments for 2018/19 will be around £206m. As this will exceed the cap of £202.1m, operators may receive reduced payments in period 13.