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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-08893
Asked by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 7 June 2022


To ask the Scottish Government how many of the travel cards issued to date as part of the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel Scheme have been used on more than 10 occasions since being issued, and, of those, what proportion have been used to take more than 10 journeys per week.

Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 30 June 2022


Since the launch of the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme around 390,000 National Entitlement Cards (NEC) have been issued to young people across Scotland. The scheme aims to embed sustainable travel behaviours, open social, education, employment and leisure opportunities and reduce household outgoings to aid young people and their families, particularly those living in poverty.

71% (approx. 277,000) of cards have been used at least once to access free bus travel. In comparison to 56% of older and disabled cardholders over the same period, more young cardholders are choosing to use free bus when they travel.

62% (approx. 170,000) NECs have been used more than 10 times, and 16% (approx. 61,000) of NECs have been used to make smart journeys on more than ten occasions within at least one week.

149 NECs have been used by young people to make smart journeys on more than ten occasions every week since the scheme launched.

The figures have been produced using the data on number of journeys per National Entitlement Card and come from the secure ITSO messages (alerts from ticket machines when National Entitlement Cards are scanned) that come into Transport Scotland’s reimbursement system, which are used to pay operators.