The Bill looks at important areas of public transport like local bus services and sets out proposals for a more consistent approach to local transport planning. It plans to reform the existing laws on road pricing schemes for local authorities who wish to have schemes in their areas.
It was published in draft form in the 2006-07 session of Parliament.
The Bill includes changes that followed public consultation, further discussion on the role of traffic commissioners and the report of the Transport Select Committee which scrutinised the draft Bill in June and July 2007.
- Enable local authorities to improve the quality of local bus services, building on the measures set out in December 2006 in the Department for Transport report, 'Putting Passengers First'
- Reform the arrangements for local transport governance in the major conurbations. This aims to encourage stronger local leadership and a coherent approach to transport across individual local authority boundaries and across different transport modes
- Reform the existing legislation relating to local road pricing schemes. This would ensure that, where local authorities wish to develop local schemes, they can do so in a way that best meets local needs - while ensuring that any schemes are consistent and interoperable.