Scottish public transport needs to be made more affordable to prevent people on low incomes being excluded, a new report has warned.
The Poverty and Inequality Commission has urged the Scottish government and Transport Scotland to treat access to transport as a rights-based issue as it directly impacts on human rights like the right to work and to an education.
Overall, there were 13 recommendations from the working group following two workshops held by Poverty Alliance, Oxfam and HUG in Glasgow and Lairg in the Highlands to explore experiences of people with lived experience of poverty.
Too often unaffordable & unreliable public transport is leaving people locked in poverty. Read our recommendations to redesign our transport system so it is more affordable, accountable and provides a service that meets the needs of people on low incomes https://t.co/DONQC0cb8J
— Poverty & Inequality Com (@povinequalscot) June 20, 2019
The resulting suggestions have called for a minimum acceptable standard to be established for access to public transport.
Transport should also be taken into account by the National Taskforce to take forward recommendations from the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership, according to the commission.