WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging bus pass holders to check their tickets after discovering that bus companies are `overcharging` the taxpayer.
Rosie has received an increasing number of complaints that NoW card holders in West Lancashire are being issued with tickets for journeys which are longer than those actually being taken.
Rosie Cooper MP said: “The problem appears to stem from some drivers issuing NoW card holders with tickets for journeys which are longer than those actually being taken, sometimes they are even being given pre-printed tickets. Some would say this is just laziness, others that this is at best negligence, at worst criminal. Either way, this practice is resulting in public money being claimed unfairly and it has to stop.
“There is a case where almost £15 was over-claimed by one bus company. This was found after a constituent`s tickets for 29 journeys had been examined, and Lancashire County Council ended up having to claw the money back from the bus company involved.
“But my serious worry is that those cases which are reported are just the tip of the iceberg and that the tax payer is being ripped off.
“I am now calling on all bus pass holders to check their tickets to make sure they are not being overcharged. Check that the journey on the ticket tallies with the journey that they are actually taking.
“If it doesn’t, I would urge them to hand their tickets over to me and together we can help to protect our free local bus services.”
To report an overcharged ticket, call Rosie Cooper MP`s constituency office on 01695 570094. Alternatively, send your tickets, complete with your contact details, to 127 Burscough Street, Ormskirk, L39 2EP.