Humberside

A bus company asks pensioners to voluntarily pay a fare

Pensioners have been asked to voluntarily pay their bus fare to save a service in Hull.

Those with bus passes will have the option to pay the full fare on the number 48 run by East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) in a three-month trial.

The company had planned to end the route due to "significant" losses but decided to trial the payment option after calls to keep the service.

The full adult fare is £1.40 for a single trip.

A petition to save the service attracted 100 signatures from passengers.

'Unique situation'

Maggie Burgess campaigned to keep the route and has asked pensioners to keep their passes hidden when they board.

She said: "My fear is if these pensioners have to find alternative transport then they are going to struggle."

Six routes have been cut by EYMS since January.

The company cites rising fuel costs and cuts in concessionary reimbursements from councils as reasons for financial losses.

EYMS chief executive Peter Shipp said: "It is a very unique situation here.

"We said we would give it a try and see if people are prepared to pay the full adult fare."

Those over the age of 60 are entitled to a free bus pass from the government.

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