This Blog provides free and impartial information/advice on bus passes for older people and disabled people in the UK, and also highlights other issues affecting older people and disabled people.
The information and advice on bus passes comes under various names,including Freedom passes, NOW cards, Metro Passes.We include the schemes which fall under the “English National Concession Travel Scheme” (ENCTS), The Welsh Government Concessionary Travel scheme, The National Entitlement Card in Scotland, and The Senior SmartPass in Northern Ireland.
Our site is set up to help you find where to apply for a bus pass, when you can get a bus pass, what you need to qualify for a Disabled Pass, what times of day bus passes can be used (not the same for all areas of the UK), using a bus pass in London and other issues. We welcome your comments and queries, forms appear on each page to enable you to do that.
We also give information on schemes which offer similar benefits aimed at those aged 60 and over who haven’t yet reached the minimum qualifying age – e.g. in Merseyside and London, and include information on benefits where they are offered in various counties in addition to the bus pass benefits of the national schemes, e.g train, tube, ferry services, and travel times allowed outside the off peak time limitations. In focusing on bus pass and other issues affecting Pensioners and Disabled people we draw on reports in newspapers, TV and other media, plus issues which concern our website visitors and ourselves. These can be found in our ‘Recent Posts’ area on the Right hand side of each page.
We do need to mention that we aren’t an official site for the issue of bus passes – our aim is to give useful information on bus passes.