Date lodged: 14 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the impact on Scotland has been of bus deregulation since it was introduced in 1986.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 March 2018
The deregulation of the bus market began with the Transport Act 1985 and, in Scotland, the Transport (Scotland) Act 1989. Publically owned companies were split into geographical areas which were then sold to private operators and companies. The only exception in Scotland was Lothian buses, which remained a council-run bus operation.