I believe that if they were to do away with senior bus passes or restrict them there would be a drastic reduction in the number of services available to the public in general. I seldom travel by bus but any time I do the number of passes being presented are numerous.
If these supposed "free travellers" most of whom have been heavily taxed during their working life, so maybe not so free, were eliminated from bus travel scheme, then the bus companies would find it difficult to sustain some services, resulting in more redundancies.
The argument for junkies and screw the system types is a different one and runs parallel with the abuse of mobility cars.
Sorry Morag I don't like disagreeing with you but in days gone past we use to send children up chimneys.
But besides that most of the population in days gone by stayed in town near the shops, but nowadays lots of people live out of town, and out of time shopping has become the norm and town centres are becoming ghost towns. I stay across from a bus stop and I see lots of seniors use the bus to go to and from Saltcoats town centre, I doubt whether they could or would walk down town and back up the hill home. Could they pay ?I don't know, but I know most of them and they have worked all their lives up to retirement and deserve some thing back from society.
I'll try no tae disagree wi you again