People in Leicestershire are being encouraged to get on board and support a campaign to make bus travel more accessible for people with disability.
Epilepsy Society, backed by disability organisations, is campaigning for the government to make changes to the disabled person’s bus pass – to include travel during peak hours and a free companion pass where needed.
The pass is a vital concession for people with epilepsy who have been refused a driving licence because of their condition.
In Scotland and Wales people entitled to a pass are able to travel at any time, with free travel for a companion if needed.
Some local authorities in England have implemented their own bus travel concessions, Leicestershire County Council, already allows free bus travel anytime, but only if the journey starts outside Leicester City Centre. The majority of other county councils do not.
Amanda Cleaver, Epilepsy Society’s communications and campaigns manager, said: “We think the regional variations are confusing and impact on those who need their pass for travelling to work. Epilepsy Society is campaigning for the same unrestricted operating hours throughout the UK. The proposed change would benefit anyone entitled to the pass and we hope we can count on wide ranging support.”
For more information about Epilepsy Society’s bus campaign and to sign the e-petition go to www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/bus