Date lodged: 21 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to promote and improve access to buses for young people.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 1 March 2018
In addition, the Scottish Government is aiming to introduce free bus travel for young Modern Apprentices and for young carers in receipt of the planned Young Carer Grant as well as three months free bus travel for recipients of the proposed Job Grant aged between 16 and 24 once these benefits come into force.
The National Concessionary Travel Scheme for Young People provides discounts on bus and rail travel within Scotland for all young people living in Scotland aged 16 to 18. Using the Young Scot smart card, the Scheme offers a one-third discount off the adult single fare on any registered bus service in Scotland, one third off most rail journeys in Scotland and a 50% discount on rail season tickets. Eligible island residents also receive vouchers for 4 free ferry journeys a year.