Lorna Slater urges young people in Lothian to apply for free bus card

Young people in Lothian are being urged by Scottish Greens MSP for the Lothian Region Lorna Slater to apply for a new card which will allow anyone aged 21 or under to travel on the bus for free.

The scheme is being implemented by the Scottish Government, following budget negotiations with the Scottish Greens. It commences at the end of the month. Lorna Slater MSP is urging all eligible young people to apply, especially those who are key workers during COVID restrictions.

From today, anyone between 5-21 can apply for a new Young Scot Card or National Entitlement Card via the Transport Scotland website. Old cards will not work in the scheme. Please note that Parents or Guardians will be required to apply for 5 – 15 year olds.

Commenting, Scottish Greens MSP for Lothian, Lorna Slater said: 

I am delighted that young people will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland by bus for free from the end of the month. I’d encourage all young people who rely on buses for essential travel in Lothian to apply for their cards as soon as possible. As Covid travel restrictions start to lift, even more young people will be able to get onboard and enjoy the opportunity of free travel.

Public transport will be a crucial part of the green recovery. By providing free buses we are helping to tackle Scotland’s role in the climate emergency while opening up opportunities for young people and their families. I’m very proud that this Green policy has gone from the drawing board to reality and, despite the difficulties of Covid, essential travellers, such as key workers, will be able to feel the benefit from day one.

You can find out more about applying online here.

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