Transport Scotland sets the national policy framework on buses which is delivered by bus operators, local authorities, Regional Transport Partnerships and the regulatory authorities.
The majority of bus services in Scotland are operated on a commercial basis by private bus companies. Provided that an operator registers a service with the Office of the Traffic Commissioner they can operate any route they wish to any timetable.
Local Transport Authorities
Local transport authorities can provide subsidy for services that are not provided on a commercial basis but this is entirely a matter for the local authority.
Traffic Commissioner for the Scottish Traffic Area
The Traffic Commissioner is the licensing authority for the bus and coach industry in Scotland and applies the regulatory regime. The Traffic Commissioner's responsibilities include the licensing of bus operators, the registration of local bus services and ensuring that operators keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition.
The Traffic Commissioner can be contacted at:
Office of the Traffic Commissioner
The Stamp Office
10 Waterloo Place
Tel: 0131 200 4964