North Dorset Council to stop funding early morning bus pass holders
North Dorset District Council could cut £20,000 out of its budget when it proposes to stop funding early morning free travel for bus pass holders.
The council currently pays for this service, but council research has shown that only 88 of the proposed cut journeys are made across the whole of North Dorset every week.
Councillors are worried that if the funding is not cut, the £20,000 cost could rise to over £35,000 next year and £66,000 the following year.
Cllr Val Pothecary, portfolio holder for Community and Regeneration at North Dorset District Council said: "Currently anyone with a North Dorset Bus Pass is entitled to use their pass to travel anywhere at any time - for free.
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"But, quite clearly, there are some people using their pass to travel to work and we have to question whether local taxpayers should be paying for this."
The Council is also proposing to set aside £5,000 for pass holders to use morning public transport to access medical services.
Those holding passes will still be able to use public transport free of charge between 9:30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on bank holidays.