If you have a complaint about a bus or coach service, you should write to the operator first. Give as much detail as possible about the journey concerned, and enclose a copy of the ticket.
The name and address of the operator must be shown on the vehicle and will also usually be displayed inside.
If you're still not happy, you can approach one of the following complaints bodies:
They can help you with commercial aspects of bus operations, such as fares, service levels, ticketing, timetabling, punctuality and routing of local bus services.
For England (outside London) and Wales, you should complain to, an independent consumer watchdog for bus passengers. Alternatively, you can complain to the , a non-statutory committee offering an independent review of complaints about the operation of local bus and scheduled coach services.
They may be able to help resolve complaints about unreliability, punctuality, staff behaviour or poor information. However, unlike the organisations in London, Scotland and Northern Ireland, they can't help with commercial aspects of bus operations or help with any legal matters.
The Bus Appeals Body can also deal with complaints in other parts of the UK that are outside the scope of the bodies mentioned above, such as coach services.
If a company is unwilling to provide or continue to run a service because of insufficient passenger use, your local council or themay be able to help.
If you have a complaint about the standard of bus and coach operators, particularly on safety and vehicle maintenance, you should complain to the.
If you wish to complain about a bus shelter, bus stop or bus station, contact the transport section of your local authority or council.
The Consumer Rights Act states that bus operators must provide their services with reasonable care and skill.
Bus operators who provide a poor service are liable to pay compensation under the Act. This can include:
The compensation claimable includes the cost of the journey and other losses that you may have incurred due to poor service, such as having to pay more for the same journey using another form of transport. You will need to prove your loss and that you kept resulting costs to a minimum. The bus operator cannot exclude or limit the amount you can recover to less than the ticket price.