Motability, Blue Badge Scheme and discounted travel

Whether you prefer to travel by car or use public transport, as a disabled person you might qualify for a range of schemes designed to help with leasing a vehicle, parking, or offering free or discounted travel on trains, buses and coaches.

Motability Scheme

The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to lease a new car, mobility scooter or powered wheelchair. You may be eligible to join the Motability Scheme if you get certain disability benefits.

Find out more about the Motability Scheme on Motability website.

Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a range of parking benefits for disabled people who have difficulty walking. For example, you can park for free in pay-and-display bays and also on double and single yellow lines.

Car tax exemption

If you’re getting certain disability benefits you are exempt from paying Vehicle Excise Duty (car tax, or road tax).

If you’re on the Motability Scheme you don’t need to do anything.

If you own your car you have to apply for the exemption.

Buses

Free bus passes

Depending on where in the UK you live, you might be entitled to free or discounted bus travel.

Find out more about bus passes and other travel concessions where you live by following the links below:

Trains

Disabled Persons Railcard

The Disabled Persons Railcard gives you a third off most rail fares. The discount is for two people – so you can save money for a friend or a carer too. You have to buy the railcard but it can pay for itself after just one journey.

There’s lots of assistance available when travelling by train – including help getting on and off the train and help with luggage – all free of charge.

Find out more on the Disabled Persons Railcard website.

Coaches

There is no national concessions scheme for coach travel. However discounted travel is available depending on which coach company you’re using.

National Express

National Express sells a Disabled Coach Card that gives a third off their standard fares.

Find out more on the National Express website.

You can get free travel if you use your National Entitlement Card on City Link coaches.

Goldline (Northern Ireland)

You can get half price travel if you use your SmartPass on Goldline coaches.

Find out more about applying for a SmartPass on the nidirect website.

Community transport

Community transport (which is sometimes called ‘Dial a ride’ or ‘Ring and ride’) is usually run by local authorities and can be a good alternative to taxis or public transport.

Travelling in London

Disabled Persons Freedom Pass

A Disabled Persons Freedom Pass will give you:

  • free 24-hour travel across Transport for London’s networks (except for some river boats which are half price)
  • free train travel on the London Overground network (however, you may not be able to travel before 9.30am)

London Taxicard Scheme

The London Taxicard Scheme gives subsidised taxis for disabled people who find using public transport difficult.

Find out more about applying for a Taxicard on the London Councils website.