Scottish BSOG payment changes

From October, Transport Scotland will now be making BSOG payments every four weeks, instead of on a quarterly basis. The more frequent payment schedule is intended to allow operators to better manage their finances. Transport Minister, Keith Brown, said, ‘We expect the change will be very welcome, particularly with the small firms that raised the issue with officials. We will continue to work with the industry and assist operators to provide the best service possible, especially with the exciting programme of events that is scheduled for 2014. The bus network will have a major part to play in the success of the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and a second Year of Homecoming.’

MD of Whitelaws, Sandra Whitelaw, said, ‘We welcome the change which will have a positive impact for all operators of local bus services in Scotland. This will bring BSOG payments more in line with regular outgoing costs, especially fuel bills. This demonstrates that Ministers and Transport Scotland have listened to the concerns of the industry and have brought in an improved system that will be a real help to operators, with both costs and grants being more in harmony with each other.’

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