App to aid access to free bus travel

A new app has been launched to help young people across Scotland access free bus travel.

Mark Dowie
Tuesday, 1st March 2022, 8:50am
App to aid access to free bus travel

The new mobile application, ‘Transport Scot Pass Collect’, lets people aged 16-21, who already have a Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) or non-Young Scot-branded NEC, to transfer free bus travel on to their NEC card, without having to apply for a replacement card.

The app is now available on Google and Apple stores.

Approximately 140,000 existing card holders are anticipated to benefit. This will make it faster for people who already have NEC cards to start taking advantage of free bus travel for U22s in Scotland.

Jenny Gilruth, Minister for Transport, said: “I’m pleased to welcome the new Transport Scot Pass Collect app. This will make it easier for so many existing card holders aged 16-21 to start enjoying the benefits of free bus travel.

“We are committed to giving Scotland’s children and young people the very best chances to succeed in life, whether that is work, leisure or education. Young people have also rightly challenged us to invest in a sustainable future for them – free bus travel for all under 22s will help to deliver that.

“The Transport Scot Pass Collect app speeds up the process for existing card holders between 16 and 21, and will enable our partners to process new applications as a priority.”

Kirsten Urquhart Interim Chief Executive at Young Scot, added: “The new app is an easy way for 16-21 year olds to access free bus travel – helping them to quickly start enjoying the positive benefits the scheme will have on their lives. We’ve also produced a handy ‘how to’ video that will support young people to add free bus travel to their cards.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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