In December 1986, the Authority approved the establishment of Passenger Consultative Committees to serve the five metropolitan districts of West Yorkshire; Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The first meetings were held in April 1987.
The committees are made up of elected members and a larger number of members of the public, ranging from 10 to 20, reflecting the District population. Representatives of the bus and rail operators are also invited to attend the committees, which meet quarterly.
The Authority consider that services can be improved most effectively by getting together members of the travelling public, elected members and the people responsible for securing and providing the services.
Members of the public are invited to apply to serve on the committees, for a three-year period, by way of extensive press and poster advertisements. The Authority endeavours to ensure that the public membership reflects the current mix of users and priority is given to securing representation of the needs of the elderly, the young, the disabled, ethnic minorities and the unemployed. The current term of office ends on 30 April 2013.