Young people living in Scotland can now apply for free bus travel thanks to a new scheme from the Scottish Government. This new concession is available to those who receive a New National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC. Thanks to their new youth card, people under 22 in Scotland can now travel for free by bus across Scotland.
According to the Scottish government, tens of thousands of people have already applied for the government-backed reduction.
Thanks to this concession, more than 2.3 million people are now entitled to free bus travel in Scotland.
This includes people under 22, everyone over 60, people with disabilities and unpaid carers.
The Free Youth Travel Program is run in partnership with the Betterment Service, National Entitlement Card Program Office and Young Scot.
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Applications are currently open to all children and young people to obtain their new NEC or replacement NEC or Young Scot NEC.
It should be noted that to qualify for this free bus pass, applicants must be in possession of a new NEC or Young Scot NEC; old cards are not part of this concession.
Recently, Scotland’s devolved government stressed that the free bus travel concession should only be used for essential journeys.
These essential trips include attending school, college, work, or attending important appointments.
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This has been suggested due to the pandemic, with the government hoping to discourage frivolous travel in a bid to reduce Covid cases.
However, critics have suggested the Scottish government is trying to cut costs by preventing young people from accessing the benefits to which they are entitled.
At the full launch of the scheme last month, the government explained why the free bus pass scheme is crucial for many young people.
Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Transport, explained: “I am delighted that from today, thanks to the Scottish Government, every young person under 22 in Scotland with an entitlement card can now travel for free on buses. across Scotland.
“Remember that to keep people safe, face coverings are still compulsory on public transport for people aged 12 or over, unless otherwise exempted.”
Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenant Rights, added: “This is an exciting time for sustainable travel in Scotland.
“Today’s starting line for free bus travel for under-22s shows how we can tackle inequality, address the climate emergency and improve the lives of young people through decisive government action. .
“As we work to ensure a green recovery from the pandemic, free bus travel will create new opportunities, protect our climate while reducing financial barriers for young people across the country.
Anyone interested in applying for this concession can do so online via getyournec.scot or parentsportal.scot if their child’s school uses it.
Applicants can submit their application using a smartphone/tablet or computer depending on your preference.
If someone does not have scanned copies of their documents, they will be able to take photos of their proofs during the application process using a smartphone/tablet.
It is also possible for those looking for a free bus pass to approach their local council directly.