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Concessionary bus fares for the elderly and disabled
The scheme operates across Wales and concessionary pass holders can travel free at any time of day
What is the scheme?
We provide financial support to enable local authorities in Wales to provide free travel on registered local bus services for residents of Wales aged over 60 years and for disabled people of any age. The support also provides free travel on local buses for companions to disabled persons.
Local Authorities have discretion to issue travel tokens to enable disabled concessionary bus pass holders to use other forms of transport if required.
How do I apply for a pass?
For information about free bus travel please contact your Local Authority.
Do I qualify for the Elderly and Disabled concessionary fares scheme?
You should qualify for the scheme if you are:
- Resident in Wales (you will require proof for example: Council tax, rent, water rates, utility bills, benefit documents, bank statements
- Meet the age qualification criteria - you will require proof for example: a birth certificate or a passport. Or have been awarded one of the following State benefits.
- The Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA), or
- The War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS), or
- An award under Tariffs 1-8 of the War Veterans Compensation Scheme (AFCS), or
- Personal Independence Payment award having attained 8 or more points under Mobility Descriptor 12 “Moving Around”.
Categories of disabled persons.
The categories of disabled person include any person who:
- Is visually impaired: (if a person does not have a certificate of sight impairment the Local Authority may require evidence from an eye specialist (e.g. an optometrist).)
- Is profoundly or severely deaf: (Local authorities may require evidence e.g. an audiological report, or a report from an aural specialist).
- Is without speech: In considering an application on these grounds, the local authority may reasonably seek medical evidence to support the application in appropriate cases.
- Has a substantial and long term mobility impairment Evidence of eligibility under this definition could be supported by: - Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), War pensioners mobility supplement. The award of this benefit must have been for at least 12 months)
- Has impairments in both arms - A Local Authority should normally seek independent medical evidence to support the application.
- Has a learning disability, that must have started before adulthood and have a lasting effect on development. The person should be able to qualify for specialist services and he or she may have had special educational provision. In a case where there has been no previous contact with specialist services, a local authority should normally seek independent medical advice.
- would, if he or she applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988, have his or her application refused pursuant to section 92 of the Act (physical fitness) otherwise than on the ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol: Those who are currently barred from holding a licence are people with:
1. Epilepsy (unless it is of a type which does not pose a danger)
2. Severe mental disorder
3. Liability to sudden attacks of giddiness or fainting (whether as a result of cardiac disorder or otherwise)
4. Inability to read a registration plate in good light at 20.5 metres (with lenses if worn)
5. Other disabilities which are likely to cause the driving of vehicles by them to be a source of danger to the public.
- Any person with a cardiac, locomotor, renal or neurological disorder might qualify (the latter including those suffering from pre-senile dementia)
- Where there is doubt about whether someone would be refused a driving licence, the local authority would seek independent medical advice.
- On behalf of the Welsh Government, local authorities have issued Smartcards to all elderly or disabled people in Wales eligible for free concessionary travel on buses.