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16 – 22-Year-Olds Can Access Free Bus Travel with New App

A new app from the Scottish Government is allowing young people in Highland Perthshire to access free bus travel across the country.

Last month a new scheme to allow young people under twenty-one to access free bus travel went live, and now there’s an app supporting access to this transportation.

The new app, ‘Transport Scot Pass Collect’, lets people aged 16-21, who already have a Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) or non-Young Scot branded NEC, to transfer free bus travel onto their NEC card, without having to apply for a replacement card.

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “I’m pleased to welcome the new Transport Scot Pass Collect app. This will make it easier for so many existing card holders aged 16-21 to start enjoying the benefits of free bus travel.

“We are committed to giving Scotland’s children and young people the very best chances to succeed in life, whether that is work, leisure or education. Young people have also rightly challenged us to invest in a sustainable future for them – free bus travel for all under 22s will help to deliver that.

“The Transport Scot Pass Collect app speeds up the process for existing card holders between 16 and 21, and will enable our partners to process new applications as a priority.”

The scheme is allowing young people to access the whole country by bus for free with the aim of promoting their access to work, health and education.

Explaining how far young people can travel, Stagecoach explained: “You can travel anywhere in Scotland on local and long distance bus services, apart from a few exceptions such as premium-fare night buses, city sightseeing buses, some airport transfer services, and some closed school bus contracts. 

“Please check within your area which services are included. If you are travelling to England, you will be able to travel to Carlisle or Berwick-Upon-Tweed, but cannot be used to travel within these towns.  There are no Stagecoach East Scotland services currently restricted for free travel within this scheme.”

Approximately 140,000 existing card holders are anticipated to benefit from this new application. This will make it faster for people who already have NEC cards to start taking advantage of free bus travel for U22s in Scotland.

Kirsten Urquhart Interim Chief Executive at Young Scot said: “The new Transport Scot Pass Collect app is an easy way for 16-21 year olds to access free bus travel – helping them to quickly start enjoying the positive benefits the scheme will have on their lives. We’ve also produced a handy ‘how to’ video in partnership with Transport Scotland that will support young people to add free bus travel to their cards.”

You can find out more information on: https://www.transport.gov.scot/concessionary-travel/young-persons-free-bus-travel-scheme/

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