Under 21s can now apply for free bus travel

Monday January 10th 2022

Lothian-Buses

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Young people in Lothian can now apply for a new card which will allow anyone aged 21 or under to travel on the bus for free.

From today, anyone between 5-21 can apply for a new Young Scot Card or National Entitlement Card via the Transport Scotland website. Old cards will not work in the scheme.

The scheme is being implemented by the Scottish Government and commences at the end of January.

Scottish Greens MSP for Lothian, Lorna Slater is urging all eligible young people to apply, especially those who are key workers during COVID restrictions.

Commenting, Lorna Slater said:

“I am delighted that young people will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland by bus for free from the end of the month.

“I’d encourage all young people who rely on buses for essential travel in Lothian to apply for their cards as soon as possible. As Covid travel restrictions start to lift, even more young people will be able to get onboard and enjoy the opportunity of free travel.

“Public transport will be a crucial part of the green recovery. By providing free buses we are helping to tackle Scotland’s role in the climate emergency while opening up opportunities for young people and their families.

“I’m very proud that this Green policy has gone from the drawing board to reality and, despite the difficulties of Covid, essential travellers, such as key workers, will be able to feel the benefit from day one.”

A number of different methods will be available for 5–21 year olds to get their card to access free bus travel:

– online at getyournec.scot or through parentsportal.scot if it is used by the child’s school;
– via a local council where it is not possible to apply online

Young people aged 16-21 should apply themselves. Parents or guardians will be required to apply on behalf of 5-15 year olds. Children under the age of 5 do not need to apply as they already travel for free on commercial bus services without a card.

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