With the recent rises in petrol costs, I think that the consideration of band subs will become an increasing issue. I have always made a point of discussing such issues with prospective bands, and in the main have been mutually negotiated and agreed. However, you do come across the odd organisation where negotiation is not an option and sometime antiquated rules/attitudes, prevent an otherwise mutually beneficial relationship being established. The threat of litigation is the cancer of modern society and as more of a percentage of the population seek 'justice' via this means, the further away we move from common sense and empathy. People say that they like to 'speak their minds' but in my experience, they hide behind the 'rules and regulations', rather than iron out sometimes trivial differences face-to-face. Shameful and sad!