Young people in the Highlands are being urged by
their local Scottish Greens MSP to apply for a new card which will allow
anyone 21 and under to be able to travel on the bus for free.
scheme, which is being implemented by the Scottish Greens in
government, commences at the end of the month and Ariane Burgess MSP is
urging young people to apply, especially those who are key workers
during COVID restrictions.
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.
Commenting, Scottish Greens MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Ariane Burgess MSP said:
people will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland by bus for free from
the end of the month. I’d encourage young people who rely on buses for
essential travel in the Highlands or their parents to apply for new
entitlement cards as soon as possible. As Covid travel restrictions
start to lift more young people will be able to get onboard and enjoy
the opportunity of free travel.
we emerge from the pandemic, bus services will be a crucial part of the
green recovery while tackling the climate emergency, and this travel
card will open up opportunities for young people and their families.
delighted this Green policy has gone from the drawing board to reality
and despite the difficulties of Covid, essential travellers such as key
workers should 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; and, in some
local council areas, schools are coordinating applications on behalf of
* 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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