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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: New disabled bus pass campaign launched

Leading charity the Epilepsy Society has launched a new campaign, petitioning the Government to extend the benefits of bus passes for disabled people to improve accessibility.

Currently, most disabled bus passes entitle the holder to free off-peak travel which means after 9.30am on weekdays and anytime at weekends and bank holidays.

However, the Epilepsy Society wants the bus pass to provide free travel during peak times as well as a free companion pass where needed. This is the norm for disabled bus pass holders in Scotland and Wales.

Some local authorities in England have already extended bus passes to include free peak time travel, although the majority have 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.”

The Epilepsy Society argues that the pass is a vital concession for people who have been refused a driving licence because of their condition, by maintaining independence and accessibility.

Other restrictions common to disabled bus passes include on certain special bus services, excursions, tours, private hire vehicles and services for which you need to pre-book.

In other news, Adapted Vehicle Hire has teamed up with Constables Mobility to run a survey on mobility and disability issues at Christmas time. To take part in the survey, please visit: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BW5KPC5.

I-drive from Adapted Vehicle Hire is a network for disabled people to communicate and share advice for improving mobility and accessibility.