Analysis: The workplace parking levy is well meaning - but is it well thought through?
CommonSpace editor Ben Wray takes a look at the Workplace Parking Levy, a rushed policy supposed to be about fairness and sustainability but which could anger low-income earners
THE Scottish right-wing press think they have found an issue which they can really hurt the SNP with.
The Daily Mail is running daily front pages on the workplace car levy, claiming that “the great car park tax revolt” is underway.
Petition launched for ‘People’s ScotRail’ as prices set to rise as service quality declines
Kids Go Free Scheme also set to be scrapped
THE head of the TSSA railways union has said “passengers deserve better than higher prices for worse services”, as it launches a petition for public ownership of ScotRail.
The petition was created as it was announced that rail prices are set to rise with the RPI rate of inflation of 3.1 per cent in the new year, despite what the union calls “the worst year of service to Scotland’s rail passengers in ScotRail’s privatised history”.
‘Radical’ plans to reform Glasgow's transport system unveiled
The Glasgow Connectivity Commission aims to reverse the impact of low bus usage of low-income passengers and prioritise “people-friendly” public spaces
THE GLASGOW CONNECTIVITY COMMISSION today [29 November] published the first of two reports, detailing its proposals to reform the city’s much-needed transport sector and address the needs of the many Glaswegians overlooked by its current transport options.
Scottish Greens back ‘long-term’ aim of free public transport at party conference
John Finnie MSP: “The aim of fare-free public transport is about fairness and reducing inequalities”
MEMBERS of the Scottish Greens have backed a motion at their party conference supporting free public transport as a long-term ambition.
Green MSP questions Scot Gov commitment to public rail bid after assurance of ‘equal treatment’ to private sector
Greens, TSSA and Common Weal say the government must do more to support a publicly-run rail service
GREEN MSP John Finnie has questioned the Scottish Government’s “determination” to see a publicly-run rail service become a reality, after transport minister Michael Matheson confirmed the government would be “giving equal treatment to all bidders”.
Proposals to transform Edinburgh's local transport system could make it 'among the greatest cities in Europe', environmentalists say
Plans to prioritise walking and cycling could put Edinburgh “amongst the greatest cities in Europe,” say Friends of the Earth Scotland
PROPOSALS under consideration to radically transform the transport system of Edinburgh have been welcomed by environmentalists and the Scottish Greens.
Spain paralysed by taxi driver strikes over the spread of Uber and Cabify
Barcelona taxi drivers have threatened to block the French border if their demands are not met
SPAIN has entered the sixth day of an ongoing wildcat strike by the nation’s taxi sector spurred by the spread of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Cabify.
Today [30 July], representatives of Spain’s taxi drivers and services walked out of a meeting after rejecting the Spanish Government’s plans to de-escalate the situation.
Analysis: Scotland's bus regulations have barely changed since Thatcher - is it not time for public ownership?
CommonSpace examines the data on the performance of Scotland’s deregulated bus regime, and finds a vicious circle of declining services, fewer passengers and higher fares. New Minister Michael Matheson has a chance to shake off Thatcher’s deregulation policy, but will he?
WEIRDLY, Scotland feels like the south of Spain. Enjoy it while it lasts. The permanent blue skies and humidity is an almost unblemished pleasure.
Majority of Scots back public ownership of bus services, new poll finds
73 per cent of SNP voters in favour, compared to 9 per cent against
58 PER CENT of Scots believe bus services should be run by public operators, a new poll has found, increasing pressure on new Transport Secretary Michael Matheson to take action.
The Panelbase poll, commissioned by the Scottish Greens, found only 15 per cent believe buses should be run by private firms, with the remainder saying they don't know.
The poll also reveals a huge backing for public ownership among SNP voters, with 73 per cent in favour and just 9 per cent against.