That has to be the case, given their financial performance this year......
That's caught your attention hasn't it?
Well it certainly caught the attention of the Councillors last Monday, when the Chief Executive was given a serious bollocking - particularly, I understand, by Roddy MacKay - over his inability to control the deficits.
"If this were a commercial business..." went the oft-heard refrain.
Bus operators will be gnashing and wailing and rightly complaining about unfair competition when the truth appears in the annual accounts. Except it doesn't, as the buses are no longer considered to be a Significant Trading Operation, and hence the losses don't need to be disclosed in the accounts.
Oh yes, and as the matter is 'commercially sensitive' the Councillors can't go public with it, as it might affect the ability of BnC to compete with the private sector.
That is 'compete' in the sense of having a bottomless pit of money to use to drive the competition out of business, so that only BnC survives; and so that it's existence can be justified as a 'public service'
WTF is going on, and why is our money being squandered? And hidden from the public?
And where BnC leads, is the rest of the DSO going to follow?
Enough teasing, but sit down -- losses at the DSO last year were £100,000 of which the buses lost £84,000.
Bus owners of the islands unite, you have nothing to lose but your livelihoods.