Changes to Routeing Guide: introduction of "negative easements"

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Glynn Magheramorne

Dear Department for Transport,

As you will be aware - as you are legally required to give your approval
- the Routeing Guide was updated yesterday.

The heading of Section E, the easements list, used to read:

"Easements are relaxations of Routeing Guide rules to allow
journeys that strict adherence to the rules would forbid. Some
previously published easements are no longer exceptions to Routeing
Guide rules and have therefore been deleted as unnecessary."

Yesterday, the easements list was split in two (the first half now
comprising 'positive easements', and the second half comprising
'negative easements') and the heading was changed to read:

"An easement which extends permission is a positive easement. An
easement which narrows permission is a negative easement. Map,
double-back and fare route easements are always positive.
Circuitous route easements are always negative. Other kinds of
easements can be positive or negative. A journey which follows a
route otherwise permitted by the Routeing Guide may be forbidden by
a negative easement."

The explanation of easements in Section F (the 'more information'
instructions, which has been frequently amended over the years with
no oversight by the DfT), has also been reworded, although there is
no change of substance. Section A (the main instructions) has not
changed, and still doesn't refer to negative easements.

The ATOC website describes this change as "Changes have been made
to Section E - The list of Easements".

This introduction of the concept of a "negative easement" (which is
an oxymoron) is extremely damaging and restrictive towards

Can the Department please disclose:
1) All correspondence regarding these changes to the wording of the
Routeing Guide
2) What steps you expect passengers to undertake when making a journey, to ensure compliance? For example do passengers have to read the entire Easements section for Negative Easements to avoid being liable to an excess fare?
3) Were Passenger Focus consulted and what was their response?

Yours faithfully,

Glynn Magheramorne

Department for Transport

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AndrewB Smith,

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Dear Mr Magheramorne,


Please see the attached response to your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Yours sincerely,


Andy Smith




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