We think that everyone who gets a disabled person’s bus pass should be able to travel during peak hours and with a companion for free no matter where they live.
At present, different parts of the UK operate different systems. In England, the pass currently allows free travel on buses between 9.30am and 11pm and all day at weekends. However, some local authorities in England have implemented their own bus travel concessions and extended the hours of travel to include peak times. In Scotland and Wales the pass is valid at all times and includes free travel for a companion where needed.
The pass is a vital concession for people with epilepsy who have been refused a driving licence because of their condition. But not being able to travel before 9.30am hugely restricts their employment opportunities.