Calls for Kent County Council to end delay introducing extended disabled bus pass

Contributed by editor on Feb 13, 2020 - 11:35 AM


Lib Dem councillor Rob Bird is calling for Kent County Council to end the delay introducing an improved disabled bus pass agreed upon five months ago.


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The disabled bus pass and companion pass are currently only valid from 9:30 am onwards. Last September Kent County Council unanimously approved a Liberal Democrat proposal to make the pass valid for travel in Kent before 9:30am.

£200,000 has reportedly been set aside in KCC's proposed budget for 2020-21 to cover the additional costs, but 5 months after agreeing to the proposal, the council has yet to work out how best to implement the new arrangements.

Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group commented, "Kent County Council has always aspired to help disabled people to live as normal a life as possible, including going to work. This is reiterated in the KCC's proposed new Strategic Statement.

"The disabled community really welcomed this initiative. They deserve better from the county council which has done next to nothing for 5 months. At Thursday's Budget debate, I will insist that the Administration gives this issue proper priority. They need to come up with firm proposals for extending these passes by the end of March."

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