Claiming bus incentive payments and running cross-border services

Letter to English bus operators about changes to smartcard and automatic vehicle location (AVL) uplift payments and funding for cross-border services.


25 January 2013: bus subsidy reforms - important changes

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This is the fourth Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG) letter sent to all English operators regarding the bus subsidy reform.

It details changes to how bus operators claim:

  • smartcard and AVL uplift payments
  • funding for cross-border services

Smartcard and AVL uplift payments

The Department for Transport will no longer pay smartcard or AVL uplifts on quarterly estimate payments from 1 October 2013. Instead, both smartcard and AVL uplifts will be brought into line with low carbon emission incentives and paid in arrears when an operator completes a certified claim.

Cross-border services

Cross-border services include routes from:

  • England into Scotland or Wales
  • Scotland or Wales into England

From 1 April 2013 claims for BSOG should be made to the administration in which the service actually runs.

Published 25 January 2013