News from the Halesworth Hoppa
There have been many rumours and much speculation about the future of HACT due to the recent re-interpretation by the Dept. for Transport of the rules governing how community transport organisations’ permits to operate are to be applied. We will give you an update.
The Department of Transport Consultation has been put on the back burner until after the government’s summer recess. This gives HACT a reprieve for a short time. We are taking community hires until the end of 2018 and hope to keep the Hoppa running until a final decision is made.
Please don’t think we are ‘out of the woods’ yet as the problem has not gone away or been shelved. It has merely been rescheduled due to the huge amount of replies and petitioning to the Department of Transport Consultation process.
Our only hope is that the Government will realise how vital community transport is and give HACT and others a lifeline. However, if the EU legislation goes through the Hoppa will no longer exist. This is not a financial problem but a legislation problem. We would like to thank all our faithful passengers and friends who supported us by signing petitions and lobbying the local MP’s.
We were sorry to say goodbye to a few of our drivers. Ann Murley, driver trainer and driver herself for HACT for many years. Ann has worked tirelessly for the Hoppa over a long period of time but decided that she needed to step back and let someone else take over. We can’t thank you enough Ann for all you have done.
David Smith has been a driver for HACT for over 11 years giving his voluntary services all that time. He has decided it’s time to hang up his keys. Thank you David for all these years of service for us. We will miss you.
We also said goodbye to Malcolm Brown who drove for us for a long time doing the Day Centre and many of the late night community hires. We can’t thank you all enough.
The Hoppa has been out and about taking groups all over East Anglia. We could not do this without our wonderful team of volunteer drivers.
Remember the Hoppa is for EVERYONE. If you have a bus pass it’s free otherwise it’s £1.50 and £0.50 for a child. Our timetable is available around the town in many locations – the library, town hall, at the station office or online at www.hactbus.co.uk or by calling the office on 01986 875900