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Help with transport costs

You may be able to get help with transport costs if you are ill or disabled. 

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What could you get?

If you’re ill or disabled you may be able to get help with transport costs, such as a:

  • bus pass and other concessions on public transport
  • Blue Badge to allow you to park your car in restricted zones
  • Motability car
  • Vehicle Tax Exemption (sometimes called road tax exemption).

You may also be entitled to a refund from the hospital for transport costs uder the Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme   if you provide proof of entitlement and the receipts for your travel. 

Concessions on public transport

There isn’t a simple definition of who counts as disabled for these concessions. Living with a terminal illness doesn't mean you'll automatically qualify. But you’ll usually qualify if you:

  • have severe walking difficulties
  • are registered partially sighted
  • are profoundly or severely deaf.

England and Wales

In England, older people of Pension Credit age   and disabled people are entitled to free off-peak travel on all local buses anywhere in England. In Wales, there’s a similar concession for any time of day. You can get an application form from your local council.

Scotland

In Scotland, older and disabled people are entitled to free Scotland-wide bus travel on most services. You need to apply for a National Entitlement Card. You can get an application form from your local council or SPT Travel Centre  .

Northern Ireland

For travel concessions in Northern Ireland, contact Translink bus and rail stations  . Disability Action also have a transport service  .

UK-wide rail travel

A Disabled Person’s Railcard  entitles you to a third off the cost of most UK train journeys. Concessions are available on some ferry routes and the Eurotunnel, if you are disabled and travelling with a car. For more information, contact Disabled Motoring UK  .

Blue Badge

If you have mobility problems, like problems walking, you may be able to get a Blue Badge so that you can park your car nearer to where you want to visit.

Who is it for?

You’ll automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you receive one of the following benefits:

It’s also possible to qualify for a badge if you can show you have a permanent and substantial disability that causes great difficulty in walking.

How to apply for a Blue Badge

If you live in England or Wales, contact your local council or apply online at GOV.uk  .

In Scotland, visit the DirectScot.org website  .

In Northern Ireland, visit the nidirect website  .

Vehicle Tax Exemption

Who is it for?

You don’t have to pay vehicle tax if you get one of the following benefits:

If you receive the standard rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment, you get 50% off your vehicle tax.

How do you apply?

When you’re awarded the qualifying benefit, you should automatically receive a certificate of entitlement. Contact the Disability Benefits Centre if you don’t receive one. If you live in Northern Ireland, visit the nidirect website  .

Motability

Motability is a charity that helps people with disabilities to buy or hire a car (including adapted vehicles), powered wheelchair or mobility scooter. To qualify you need to get one of the following benefits:

To use the Motability scheme, your qualifying benefit must usually have at least 12 months still to run.

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