ISLE of Wight MP Bob Seely has said new proposed government regulations regarding community transport could damage services on the Island.

The Department for Transport has looked at implementing tougher rules on not-for-profit groups as they may have created unfair competition for commercial companies.

He backs community groups that are concerned organisations like dial-a-ride and community bus services will suffer if the new regulations are implemented.

In last week's parliamentary debate on community transport, Mr Seely said the Isle of Wight's successful FYT bus service — that covers Freshwater, Yarmouth and Totland — could be hit by the new rules.

"This very heavy handed and bizarre approach to regulation puts a question mark on the future of the service, which I think is very unnecessary", said Mr Seely.

"We need to be encouraging voluntary drivers and encouraging the community sector and not hitting them in this way."

Research by the Community Transport Association found that 95% of not-for-profit permit holders expected to be affected by the new rules would face additional costs of almost £400 million.

Mr Seely added: "In a rural constituency like the Island, community transport is vital and needs to be given all the help it can to thrive. I hope ministers look again at their plans."