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Old 12-04-2009, 11:07 AM
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hi, am i entitled to a free bus pass and rail card?? i am getting IB,DLA.i have a disabled badge. thankyou.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:14 AM
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I think the simple answer is 'no'. There is a disabled rail card that you can apply for, you pay a yearly fee and get a percentage off your fares. Otherwise there might be local schemes that you qualify for?
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I believe the ruling with regard to the free bus pass is that you have to be medically unfit to drive before it is awarded. As the criteria for these things are generally set by each County Council, it would be worth giving them a call next week.
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THANKYOU,i will look into it.
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Bus pass you have to recieve DLA mobility component, but there usage restictions
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I've got a blue badge and a free bus pass! I just took my DLA letter to the local information centre, and was issued with one. I have a rail pass too, but that cost me 48 for 3 years. Worth it if you use the train a lot.
You can also get a cinema pass for 5 which enables yu to two for one entry (carer gets in free).
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My husband at 57 got a bus pass from our council when he was just getting long term incapacity benefit. No other criteria was required.

Now he is 64 i have been added on to his bus pass as a companion (C) as he needs help. i am not 60 yet and will get a bus pass in my own right in Ocober
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I think the simple answer is 'no'. There is a disabled rail card that you can apply for, you pay a yearly fee and get a percentage off your fares. Otherwise there might be local schemes that you qualify for?
Apologies I should have been clearer - there is no single 'bus pass' that you can apply for as all councils are free to set their own requirements for eligibility. You are best off contacting your local council to see if they do run a subsidised scheme that you can take advantage of.

Also, are you confined to a wheelchair, if so you can get 50% off rail fares if you stay in your chair throughout the journey. But how that is applied is very dependent on the rail company.
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i do use a wheelchair,yes.i didnt realise that info centres gace them out.i get dla care middle rate and high mobility. if i ring my local council they may be able to tell me their criteria for the bus pass.thankyou.
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I have a free travel pass issued by our bus company which I can use after 9.30am. I would say each bus company would have it's own rules on a disabled travel pass so it's worth approaching them / looking on their website for details
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hi, am i entitled to a free bus pass and rail card?? i am getting IB,DLA.i have a disabled badge. thankyou.
our local council allows either a bus or disabled railcard
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In my area there are certain criteria for qualifying for a disabled travel pass. If you meet this criteria the form has to be signed & stamped by a consultant before consideration can be given to the application.

My borough are known to be tough in qualifying for a disabled pass & it is easier in some neighbouring boroughs to get one.
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My bus pass allows me use of all local bus services any time day or night (within the issuing county of bedfordshire) and 1/3 off on the train down to Hadly wood.

I can also use my bus pass off peak on any local bus service in England.
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If you are disabled /wheelchair user and usually need someone with you ask your council about having a companion included on your bus pass, a letter C is embossed on the bus pass and is widely recognised by bus drivers
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Apologies I should have been clearer - there is no single 'bus pass' that you can apply for as all councils are free to set their own requirements for eligibility. You are best off contacting your local council to see if they do run a subsidised scheme that you can take advantage of.

Also, are you confined to a wheelchair, if so you can get 50% off rail fares if you stay in your chair throughout the journey. But how that is applied is very dependent on the rail company.
There is a 'single' set of rules for councils issuing bus passes, you can see the elegibility criteria here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Disabled...ort/DG_4019388

They don't differ from council to council, they are the same throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
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There is a 'single' set of rules for councils issuing bus passes, you can see the elegibility criteria here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Disabled...ort/DG_4019388

They don't differ from council to council, they are the same throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Thank you for that.

All I can say is that the criteria of my current council and the last one are applied differently as my circumstances haven't changed and their schemes are presented very differently!

As the information on the link you provided appears to allow for:
Bus passes in England

Since 1 April 2008, everyone who is eligible for concessionary bus travel in England is entitled to free off-peak travel on all local buses anywhere in England.
Local councils may offer further benefits to their residents, but these will only apply for travel in the local area, not everywhere.
Extra benefits could include bus passes being valid for travel in the morning rush hour; or for use on trams, trains or taxis. Some passes also cover a wider area, such as a county or metropolitan area.
If you live on the border with Wales or Scotland, your local authority may also have travel arrangements with the neighbouring ones allowing you to use your bus pass in these areas as well.
Check what is covered before you travel. Your local council can give you further information.
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There is a 'single' set of rules for councils issuing bus passes, you can see the elegibility criteria here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Disabled...ort/DG_4019388

They don't differ from council to council, they are the same throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
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Although what you have quoted from is the basic framework for issue of the All England Concessionary Bus Passes to Disabled People, in determining this framework into actual eligibility, the Department of Transport issued guidance into interpretation of this framework, with regard to the actual eligibility of disabled people. The DfT guidance is here:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/regional/b...tieson3561.pdf

Unfortunately, this being 'guidance', local authorities are still free to interpret this guidance as they wish, hence the differing qualifications around the UK particularly with regards to linking access to the bus pass with receipt of certain benefits.

It is similar to the Blue Badge issue where certain Local Councils issue them to people over certain ages, it is because only 'guidance;' has been issued leading to rather wide interpretations at times.

I actually work for a local authority within the Transportation Department and deal with these on a more or less daily basis (and am a disabled person myself).

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I believe the ruling with regard to the free bus pass is that you have to be medically unfit to drive before it is awarded. As the criteria for these things are generally set by each County Council, it would be worth giving them a call next week.
I am entitled to get a free bus bas as I have got epilepsy.I only queried after a friend telling me about it.As he gets a free bus pass as he has got Asama.

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You dont have to medically unfit to drive in my area to get a free buss pass - blue badge holders are entitiled to one by showing their blue badge.

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im registered deaf and got bus pass
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