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Transport written question – answered on 28th October 2003.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

(1) what measures have been taken to encourage (a) local authorities and (b) bus companies to offer reduced-rate tickets for (i) pensioners, (ii) people with disabilities, (iii) children under 16 and (iv) people between the ages of 16 and 19 in full-time education; and if he will make a statement;

(2) if he will list the (a) local authorities and (b) bus companies which have implemented reduced-rate tickets for (i) pensioners, (ii) people with disabilities, (iii) children under 16 and (iv) people between the ages of 16 and 19 in full-time education in the last five years; how many passengers were carried (A) before and (B) after implementation; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

From June 2001 the Transport Act 2000 provides a standard minimum requirement for concessionary travel in England which guarantees half fares for all pensioners and disabled people on local buses, with no charge for the pass. Local authorities may make more generous provision at their discretion. From 1 April this year concessionary travel schemes are available to men aged 60 to 64, bringing them into line with women of the same age.

Free travel to and from school is provided by local education authorities under the education acts for schoolchildren up to the age of 16 living more than the statutory walking distances from school. Under the Transport Act 1985 local authorities have a power to provide concessionary travel for school children, and for young people aged 16 to 19 who are undergoing full-time education (see table). That power applies to all journeys, not just those to or from school. Some bus operators offer reduced fares for young people on a commercial basis. These schemes will vary from time to time. In addition the Connexions Card project offers a range of commercial discounts for all 16 to 19-year-olds and the card is capable of carrying existing travel concessions.

We do not collect information on what bus companies offer for these groups of people, nor on how many passengers were carried before and after implementation of any discount schemes, many of which have been in place for many years.

In 2001 the Department carried out a survey about local authority concessionary travel in England. This survey showed that in 2001 the following authorities provided concessionary travel, at their discretion, for children and young people of the following age categories:

Under 16 16 years Students
Unitaries
Derby City East Riding of Yorkshire Darlington
East Riding of Yorkshire Milton Keynes Derby City
Isle of Wight North East Lincolnshire East Riding of Yorkshire
Kingston upon Hull North Lincolnshire Hartlepool
Milton Keynes Plymouth Isle of Wight
North East Lincolnshire York Kingston upon Hull
North Lincolnshire Middlesbrough
Swindon Milton Keynes
York North East Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire
Redcar and Cleveland
Stockton on Tees
Telford and Wrekin
Warrington
Windsor and Maidenhead
Counties
Derbyshire Durham Cornwall
Durham Hertfordshire Derbyshire
Hertfordshire Northumberland Hertfordshire
Northumberland Northumberland
Surrey
Passenger transport authorities
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester Greater Manchester
Merseyside South Yorkshire South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Tyne and Wear Tyne and Wear
Tyne and Wear West Midlands West Midlands
West Midlands West Yorkshire West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
Transport for London (TFL) TFL TFL

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