National Entitlement Card

By: A.C.

In researching another article, I was reminded that many disabled people already have The National Entitlement Card, which allows people aged 60+ and people with a disability to travel for free on local or Scottish long distance buses.

Transport Scotland advise: “If you’re over 60, or have a disability, you could be eligible for free or subsidised travel to get around Scotland and your local area.”

 Full details can be obtained at Transport Scotland

The disability criteria detailed at Transport Scotland is quite lengthy to be reproduced here, but it is summarised by Citizens Advice Scotland

  • get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • get the higher/middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • receive Attendance Allowance
  • receive Personal Independence Payment at either the standard or the enhanced rate
  • have a blue badge
  • are profoundly or severely deaf
  • have been told not to drive on medical grounds
  • suffer from a recognised mental illness, learning disability or personality disorder that has lasted for more than a year. You must need to travel to health or social care appointments as part of treatment activities, care or for rehabilitation. Your ability to travel must also be impaired
  • are terminally ill
  • have a progressive degenerative condition and you have mobility problems
  • have suffered a loss of limbs
  • are registered blind or partially sighted
  • are an injured veteran with mobility pr

Aberdeen City Council is the local authority administering this Entitlement Card in Aberdeen City, but one should contact Aberdeenshire for the surrounding areas.

Aberdeen also incorporates with the National Entitlement Card the “Accord Card” with the and its advantages are listed below.

  • Pay-As-You-Go driving
  • Scotland wide concessionary travel and free young person’s rail card voucher for young people aged 16-18
  • Concessionary, Scotland wide travel for people aged 60 and over and many disabled people
  • Cashless catering and vending at all of Aberdeen City Council’s secondary schools
  • Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen Golf membership
  • Entitlement to Free School Meals
  • Library
  • Young Scot
  • Proof of Age
  • Residents Discount Scheme

Pay as you Go Driving is membership of the Co-Wheels Car Club.  More information on using the 12 cars that are parked around Aberdeen City Centre can be found here and here.

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