Geordie Lad passes his gimlet eye across Friday’s Green Bus Fund winners… and discovers something odd. Omnibuses welcomes contributions
Well, after the established industry had slapped itself on its collective back on Friday when the results of the bidding for the third round of the Green Bus Fund had been announced, everybody looked at the list of winners to see what their competitors had got. And there was one name on that register that was strangely familiar, but subtly different.
You can look at the list and work it out for yourselves:
So while this is all very interesting, it does beg the question: how on earth has the DfT managed to award someone who doesn’t appear to have an O-licence the princely sum of £436,000 towards the cost of five new hybrid single decks? Perhaps in its haste to get the money spent before the turn of the financial year, they might not have been quite so thorough in checking the paperwork. However, in the DfT’s defence, I’ve seen a Green Bus Fund application form, and nowhere on it does it actually ask for an O-licence number. And, in order not to circumvent state aid rules, perhaps the DfT has to treat all applicants equally—whether actual operators or potential ones.
Presumably, there’ll be a flurry of orders placed with manufacturers before this coming Friday, deposits paid, invoices sent to the DfT for the dosh and cheques written.
Let’s hope that the DfT does some extra cheque-ing (sic) of its own before it sends the cash to what appears to be private address where you’ll find, according to one website search, a plumber!
Geordie Lad – eating a Gregg’s pasty