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Free bus travel for under 22's in Scotland goes live

By Imogen James

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Under 22's can now get free bus travel.
Under 22's can now get free bus travel.

The Scottish Government scheme means millions across the country can travel for free on buses.

It is open to children and young people who apply for a new National Entitlement Card or a Young Scot Card.

Tens of thousands have already applied and can begin travelling for free from today.

The age group are the latest category added to free bus travel in Scotland, as over 60's and disabled people and carers can also claim free trips.

Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth, is pleased with the new scheme.

"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 by bus across Scotland," she said.

“Extending free bus travel will make public transport more affordable, and help give many young people wider access to more education, leisure, and work opportunities. It will also support the choice to travel sustainably early in their lives.

“Increasing bus use will help us achieve our world-leading goal of reducing the number of kilometres travelled by car by 20% by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2045.

“It will also support local bus services to recover, as we all emerge from the most recent COVID-19 restrictions. Please remember that to keep people safe, face coverings are still required on public transport for those aged 12 or older, unless otherwise exempt.”

Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights, Patrick Harvie MSP, added: “This is an exciting moment for sustainable travel in Scotland. Today’s start line for free bus travel to under 22s shows how we can tackle inequality, respond to the climate emergency and improve the lives of young people through decisive government action.

“As we work to secure a green recovery from the pandemic, free bus travel will create new opportunities, protect our climate while at the same time reducing financial barriers for young people right across the country.”

To find out more and apply to the scheme, go online.

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