Last reviewed 22 September 2023

In June 2023 we reported that the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain had launched a consultation seeking comments on their proposed revisions to the voluntary guidelines for operators carrying passengers to designated sporting events (see Do you take passengers to football matches in England and Wales?).

That request for feedback seems to be proceeding as normal but things did not go so well when the Commissioners repeated the exercise in Scotland.

They launched the consultation here, with a deadline for replies of 24 November 2023.

However, in the face of growing opposition, the Commissioners announced on 8 September that it had been withdrawn.

A statement from the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain, which can be found here, gave few details other than to say “it is clear to me that there is further work required to understand the full impact of the introduction of any proposed guidance in Scotland”.

The statement did not mention the anger expressed not only by Scottish football fans but by politicians and governing bodies. First Minister Humza Yousaf, for example, described the guidance as “ludicrous”, insisting it would likely be ignored, while the party’s Westminster leader, Stephen Flynn, said that the proposals were “unworkable, unmanageable, unenforceable”.

The governing bodies were as opposed if slightly more diplomatic in their response.

A joint statement issued on behalf of the Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, and Scottish Women’s Premier League said: “There's no evidence that this is a significant problem in Scottish football. We are concerned by the targeted nature of these proposals, which serve to demonise football fans and interfere unnecessarily in people’s lives.”