Getting out and about
If you are finding it difficult to travel there are a range of options to help you.
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Use our new self-help tool to find local services and support to meet your needs. Visit http://devon.cc/selfhelptool now
The Blue Badge Scheme helps severely disabled people by letting them park close to their destination. The badge holder can be the driver or a passenger.
The National Bus Pass entitles older people and those with certain disabilities to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England. If you live in the Devon County Council area visit Travel Devon to apply for your buss pass.
If you can only access the bus with the help of a companion they can also have a bus pass to travel with you. Phone 01392 383688 for more information or apply for a companion pass online.
If you are over 60 and a Devon resident, you can get a Senior Railcard which gives a third off most rail fares locally and nationally. If you apply through Devon County Council you can receive a discount code giving you a 20% saving off the usual purchase price. Visit the Senior Railcard website to find out more and buy online.
Disabled Person’s Railcard
If you have a disability you may be eligible for a Disabled Person’s Railcard to buy discounted rail tickets. If another adult is travelling with you, they can travel at the same discounted fare. The Railcard costs £20 for one year or £54 for three years. Visit the Disabled Persons Railcard website to find out more and apply online, or phone 08456 050525 or 08456 010132 textphone.
Community transport charities provide transport for people who live miles from the nearest bus route, can’t afford taxi fares or can’t physically use public transport. Visit Transport for Your Community to find out about transport available in your area.
The Motability Scheme allows people with a disability to use their mobility allowance to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. Find out more about Motability and see if you are eligible.
Disabled Motoring UK is a mobility information service which also campaigns for drivers with disabilities.
Ring and Ride
Ring & Ride Schemes operate in most Devon towns and rural locations and provide transport for people who find it physically difficult to use conventional public transport, or who live in a remote part of the county. Ring & Ride has a flexible route, and the minibus has a wheelchair lift and removable seats.
You can book a journey in advance and you will be picked up at your door, with help from the driver if necessary. Find your local scheme.
Scooters and powered wheelchairs
If you struggle with walking a scooter or powered wheelchair may help you to get around. Visit the Independent Living Centre to find out about the range of products available, have the chance to try some out and get information about prices and suppliers.
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