Bus travel is a convenient mode of transport for children who are not yet old enough to drive, to the elderly who rely on buses in order to maintain their independence. But are you entitled to a free bus pass in England?
Who Can Apply
Free bus passes are issued to two groups of applicants in England, those over the age of 60 and also to those who are registered disabled. If you fall into either or both of these categories, you are entitled to apply for a free bus pass. Free bus passes can be used during off-peak travel times during the week (9:30.a.m.-11:00.p.m.), over the weekend and even on Bank Holidays. If you wish to travel during off-peak times, you will be charged a small fare, provided you show your free bus pass. So if your journey does not need to take place at 9:00.a.m. wait an extra 30 minutes until the peak travel time has passed and you can travel for free.
My dad and brother are both entitled to a free bus pass. They are able to access vital services and still feel part of the community on a day-to-day basis. So, a free bus pass not only saves them money, but it also gives them the freedom to get out and about on a regular basis.
Before you are issued with your free bus pass you or a carer will need to provide documentary evidence of your eligibility, such as benefits letters or a copy of your passport biometrics page, which shows your age.
Application forms can be found in libraries and can also be picked up from your local County Council office. Along with proof of eligibility, be sure to include a passport-sized photo along with your application. This will be affixed to the front of your free bus pass.
Can Children Travel for Free?
Children can travel for free on buses from birth up to the age of 5 in England. After that point, their parents or guardians will be responsible for paying the appropriate fare for their children. They will not be eligible for a free bus pass after the age of 5 unless they are registered disabled.
Many people who are entitled to free bus passes enjoy the independence it affords them to get out and about on a regular basis. If you are over the age of 60 or are registered disabled, stop by your local library or Council office for an application form. It will not cost you a penny to apply for a free bus bass. However, if your bus pass is lost or damaged, you will need to pay for a replacement.
Suffolk County Council.