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Leicestershire County Council - Concessionary Travel Scheme

Important Information for Concessionary Bus Pass Holders from 1st March 2015

From 1st March 2015, bus ticket machines will tell the driver if your concessionary travel card is not valid. Your card will not be valid if the council that issued it has cancelled it.
Please click here for further information.

What is Concessionary Travel?

A mandatory bus concession for older and disabled people has been in place since 2001.
The scheme has gradually been extended since its introduction and since April 2008 has provided free local bus travel anywhere in England to eligible older and disabled people, between 9.30 am and 11 pm on Mondays to Fridays, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.  
It is administered locally by Leicestershire County Council for all residents of the county, City residents are covered by a similar scheme administered by the Leicester City Unitary Authority.
To use your bus pass on local buses within England, show your pass to the driver as you get on. If the bus is fitted with a reader, touch the reader with your pass. You don't need a ticket to travel, but on some services the driver may give you a zero-priced ticket to record their passenger numbers.
You can’t use your bus pass on services:
- where most seats can be reserved, like coaches
- that run for less than six weeks, like shuttle buses to special events
- for tourists, like open-top bus tours, or services on vehicles of historical interest
- that are running instead of a train - 'rail replacement' services
- where the fare includes 'extras', like refreshments or car parking
Many coach operators offer half-price travel for older or disabled people. Ask the coach company for more information.
From Monday 19th January 2015, all Concessionary Pass holders travelling on Leicester and Leicestershire’s Park & Ride after 9.30am and all day Saturday, will be charged £1.00 for a Day Ticket allowing all day travel on Park & Ride services.
For further information on the Concessionary Pass changes for Leicester and Leicestershire’s Park & Ride please click here

Information and Application Forms

Please click on the link below to see information about each scheme and to access the printable application forms.
Concessionary Travel - Application Form and Notes for Older People and Disabled People

Bus Pass Renewals

If your bus pass is about to expire, in most cases a new pass will be automatically posted to you 2 or 3 weeks before the expiry date. However, if you are aged under the qualifying age for state pension for women and have a disabled person’s pass on the grounds of severe walking disability or because you are likely to be refused a driving licence on medical grounds, you will need to re-apply for your pass and we will send you an application form 6 weeks to a month before the expiry date.  

Lost or Stolen Concessionary Travel Passes

If you need a replacement pass, please call 0116 305 0002.  If you make several requests for replacement passes, we may ask you to explain the reason for this before issuing any further passes to you. Only the pass most recently issued to you is valid for travel. Therefore, if you lose your pass and get a replacement, your original pass ceases to be valid, even if you later rediscover it.
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Page Last Updated: 9 August 2013