Young people in the Highlands and Islands are being urged by their local Scottish Greens MSP to apply for a new card which will allow anyone 21 and under to be able to travel on the bus for free.
The scheme, which is being implemented by the Scottish Greens in government, commences at the end of the month and Ariane Burgess MSP is urging young people to apply, especially those who are key workers during COVID restrictions.
From today anyone between 5-21 can apply for a new Young Scot Card or National Entitlement Card via the Transport Scotland website.
Old cards will not work in the scheme.
Commenting, Scottish Greens MSP for the Highlands and Islands, Ariane Burgess MSP said:
“Young people will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland by bus for free from the end of the month.
“I’d encourage young people who rely on buses for essential travel in the Highlands and Islands or their parents to apply for new entitlement cards as soon as possible.
“As Covid travel restrictions start to lift more young people will be able to get onboard and enjoy the opportunity of free travel.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, bus services will be a crucial part of the green recovery while tackling the climate emergency, and this travel card will open up opportunities for young people and their families.
“I’m delighted this Green policy has gone from the drawing board to reality and despite the difficulties of Covid, essential travellers such as key workers should feel the benefit from day one.”