BUS companies should be forced to put the needs of passengers before their own profits, according to a senior councillor.
Mick Jameson, Labour’s shadow cabinet member for transport, is calling for the elected mayor to agree to a ‘Quality Contract’ scheme across the borough.
That would mean the Passenger Transport Executive, and not the bus firms, would have more influence over routes, fares and frequencies.
So far Peter Davies has rejected the move, opting instead for weaker voluntary agreements.
But Cllr Jameson, chair of South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority, believes a Quality Contract would give passengers “the reliable bus service it deserves”.
He said: “Public transport should be run in the interest of the passengers and not the bus operators’ shareholders.
“The elected mayor must take action to help South Yorkshire people in these tough times.”