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Free bus travel for people with epilepsy

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If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you may be entitled to free bus travel (in England, Scotland and Wales) or half price bus travel (in Northern Ireland). You may also be entitled to free or reduced price bus travel if you get certain benefits. You are not eligible for a bus pass just because you have epilepsy. Click on the relevant country below to find out more.

England
Scotland
Wales
Northern Ireland

England

If you would be refused a driving licence

If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you are entitled to a disabled person’s bus pass.

If you are on certain benefits

You may also be entitled to a disabled person’s bus pass if you get certain benefits:

  • The higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment with at least 8 points against the ‘Moving Around’ and/or the ‘Communicating Verbally’ activities

How it works

A a disabled person’s bus pass can be used for free off-peak travel anywhere in England between 9.30am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays. In some areas, for example Greater London, you can also travel free at other times. You may also get reduced local rail fares in some areas.

If you would not be able to travel without a companion you may be entitled to a pass that allows a companion to travel with you for free too.

How to apply

To apply for a disabled person’s bus pass, contact your local council or your local passenger transport authority. You will need to provide evidence that you are eligible for a disabled person’s bus pass. Check with your local authority what evidence they need. You can find their details in your local phone book, or by entering your post code at gov.uk/apply-for-disabled-bus-pass

Scotland

If you would be refused a driving licence

If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you are entitled to a disabled person’s bus pass with a National Entitlement Card.

If you are on certain benefits

You may also be entitled to a disabled person’s bus pass with a National Entitlement Card if you, or your child, receive certain benefits including:

  • The higher or middle rate of the care component, or the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance

How it works

The National Entitlement Card allows you to travel free on virtually all registered local and long distance bus services in Scotland. You can use it at any time of day. In some areas you may also get free or discounted train travel. If you need a companion to help you use public transport, your National Entitlement Card may allow them to free travel too.

How to apply

The Transport Scotland website has information on how to apply and what evidence you need to provide.

To apply for a National Entitlement Card contact your local authority. You can find their details in the phone book or on the Transport Scotland website.

Wales

If you would be refused a driving licence

If you would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, you are entitled to a disabled person’s bus pass.

If you are on certain benefits

You are also entitled to a disabled person’s bus pass if you receive certain benefits, including:

  • The higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • The mobility component of Personal Independence Payment

How it works

A a disabled person’s bus pass entitles you to free travel on registered local bus services throughout Wales. It can be used at any time of day. If you would be unable to travel without a companion, you may be entitled to a companion pass. This allows you to take a companion with you free of charge.

The pass also entitles you to free travel on certain train lines in Wales.

How to apply

To apply for a disabled person’s bus pass contact your local authority. You can find their details in your local phone book. Alternatively, a list of local authorities in Wales is on the Welsh Local Government Association website.

Northern Ireland

If you would be refused a driving licence

You are entitled to a Half Fare SmartPass if:

  • You are aged between 17 and 59, and
  • You have been, or would be refused a driving licence because of your epilepsy, or
  • You have had your driving licence revoked because of your epilepsy

If you receive Disability Living Allowance

You are entitled to a Half Fare SmartPass if:

  • You are aged between 16 and 59, and
  • You have been awarded the higher or lower rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), and
  • You have received DLA for at least the last 12 months

How it works

The Half Price SmartPass entitles you to half price standard adult fares on scheduled bus and rail services in Northern Ireland.

How to apply

  • In person, from any staffed Translink bus or rail station
  • By telephoning 0845 600 0049
  • By sending an email to feedback@translink.co.uk. You should provide your name and full address, including post code

More information is available from nidirect.gov.uk

Where can I get help with benefits?

Turn2us
Provides a free online benefits calculator and grants search tool to help you find out what financial help you are entitled to.
Website: turn2us.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 802 2000

Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice provides advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. Check the website or your local phonebook for details of your nearest Citizens Advice service.
Telephone advice in England: 0344 111 444
Telephone advice in Wales: 0344 77 20 20
Find your local Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland
Find your local Citizens Advice Bureau in Northern Ireland
Website: citizensadvice.org.uk

DIAL UK
Disability Information and Advice Line services, run by and for disabled people. They may be able to refer you to someone who can help you fill out claim forms for benefits (provided there is someone in your area).
Helpline: 0808 800 3333 (to find your local group)
Website: scope.org.uk/dial

GOV.UK
This website has lots of information about all the different benefits that are available.
Website: gov.uk/browse/benefits

Disability Rights UK
This website has a number of free factsheets you can download. It offers basic information about benefits, tax credits, social care and other disability-related issues for claimants and advisers.
Website: disabilityrightsuk.org

Welfare Rights Unit
Welfare Rights Units give free advice and support on benefits. Some can also help with completing claim forms and appealing benefits decisions. Contact your local council to find out if they have a Welfare Rights Unit. To find your local council visit gov.uk/find-your-local-council

NI DIRECT.GOV.UK
This website has lots of information about the benefits that are available in Northern Ireland.
Website: nidirect.gov.uk

Advice NI
Offers information, advice, advocacy and representation for people in Northern Ireland.
Helpline: 0800 988 2377
Website: adviceni.net

If you would like to see this information with references, visit the Advice and Information references section of our website. If you are unable to access the internet, please contact our Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone on 0808 800 5050.

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F134.02
Event Date: 
Friday 11 December 2015 - 09:30

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  • Updated November 2016
    To be reviewed November 2017

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