Much has been happening in the past few weeks. For those who don’t know, the rates are being revised ready for term 2. This was one of the recommendations made by Ken Boston in his report on the 1st term “debacle”. It’s a good read if you have time. The link to the full report can be found on our “Information” Page. Also, an operator has submitted his own interpretation of this report which can be found on our “Articles” Page.
It’s a shame this information was not previously given to operators. Many are still unaware that this review is taking place, and unless you had read the 22 page report there was no way to know of this particular recommendation. The knowledge of a potential rate rise may have given hope to those operators who had no choice but to “throw in the towel” and cease working for the ASTU. I can certainly understand their desperation and if it weren’t for knowing about this review myself, then I would have done the same.
The good news. The Rates Review was put in the capable hands of Mr Chris Raper who certainly did his ‘due diligence’ before preparing his proposal. Mr Raper spoke to many operators and people from the transport industry to assess the necessary costs involved with the day to day transportation of students. He then employed PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) to work the figures and design models of suitable pay structures. These were then presented to various Focus Groups consisting of randomly selected operators. They were shown the proposal and asked to give feedback. A few members from this site were amongst them and have given us the ‘goss’ on the whole thing. You will find the report on the Review of Rates in our “Articles” section.
The bad news. This new rates proposal is still to be considered in the coming weeks by the government. The same government that gave us this new schedule or rates I presume. Still, with more accurate figures now presented to them, there may be a “glimmer of hope” of some “light at the end of the tunnel”. But I wouldn’t count on there being a “pot of gold at the end of the rainbow”.
“One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.” – Ronald Reagan