Eco-transport plan

Free bus travel for under-22s from next year

New Lothian bus - Alexander Dennis

Encouraging use of public transport is part of eco-agenda

Free bus travel to Scottish residents is being extended to all those under the age of 22 from the end of January next year.

The Scottish Government says the move, which was agreed in March, will mean almost a million young people will join a third of the population who already benefit from concessionary fares.

The scheme will come into effect from 31 January and will be delivered in partnership with the Improvement Service, the National Entitlement Card Programme Office and Young Scot.

Legislative changes to allow the scheme to be extended from its original commitment to provide free travel for under-19s will be introduced to the Scottish Parliament this summer.

Minister for Transport, Graeme Dey said: “It’s crucial to embed more sustainable travel behaviour from a young age if we are to achieve our world-leading goal of reducing the number of kilometres travelled by car by 20% by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2045.

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