Disabled bus pass
If you are Disabled and fulfil the qualifying criteria you may be entitled to a Disabled Persons NoWcard.
From the 1st April 2011 the way to apply for a Consessionary travel card (NoWcard) is changing,
Lancashire County Council are now responsible for the Process of applying for a NoWcard,
Who is eligible:
A person will be eligible for a pass if he/she:
- Is blind
- Or is profoundly or severely deaf
- Is without speech
- Has a disability, or has suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his ability to walk.
- Has a learning difficulty
- Does not have arms or has a long term loss of use of both arms
- Or would be refused a driving licence under section 92 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 except for persistent drug or alcohol misuse
How do I apply:
You can now Apply by,
Visiting the venues listed below.
You can also apply by using the Lancashire County Council TeleTalk system,
times and venues are as followed :
- Accrington Library - Monday to Friday: 09:30 -16:30. Wednesdays: Closed from 12:30.
- Bacup Library - Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 10:00 - 12:30, 13:30 - 16:30. Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:30. Thursday: Closed.
- Burnley Library - Monday to Friday: 09:30 -16:30.
- Chorley Library - Monday to Friday: 09:30 -16:30.
- Clitheroe Library - Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 09:30 - 16:30. Wednesday 09:30 - 13:00.
- Fleetwood Library - Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 09:30 - 16:30. Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30.
- Kingsfold Penwortham Library - Monday to Friday: 09:30 -16:30 Wednesday: Closed all day.
- Lytham Library - Monday to Friday: 09:30 -16:30 Thursday: Closed all day.
- Morecambe Library - Monday to Friday: 09:30 -16:30.
- Skelmersdale Library - Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday 09:30 - 16:30 Wednesday 09:30 - 13:00.
Examples of evidence that will be accepted in support of your Disabled Travel Pass Application:
If you are blind or partially sighted:
- A copy of 'BD8' or 'CV1 2003' certification form issued to you by the local hospital
(If you have lost this document you may be able to get a copy from your local Social Services Office or from the hospital which issued it in the first place)
- Evidence of your registration as a Blind or a Partially Sighted Person would be equally acceptable.
If you profoundly or severely deaf:
- A brief letter confirming your condition from a specialist agency or charity providing services for deaf people
- Confirmation in writing from Social Services the you are included on their Deaf Register
- A letter from an audiology specialist confirming that hearing loss has been recorded at 70 dBHL or worse
- Confirmation in writing from your GP that you have a severe or profound hearing difficulty
If you are without speech:
- Letter confirming your condition from a specialist agency or charity providing relevant services
- Confirmation from your GP that you would be unable to make clear basic spoken requests - in any spoken language - such as asking for a particular fare or checking bus routes with the driver.
- An inability to speak English or speech which is excessively slow or distorted due to a heavy accent or a severe stammer would not qualify.
If you have a learning disability:
- Confirmation in writing from Social Services, the local Health Authority or your GP that you are included on their database as a person who receives - or who has in the past received, services for those with a learning disability.
- A letter from your GP confirming that your learning disability can be defined as being sufficiently severe to warrant access to services for people with a learning disability provided by the above agencies should you wish to apply to them.
- If you have recently moved to Lancashire, confirmation in writing from your local Health Authority, GP or Social Services authority that you are included on their database as a person who has in the past received services for those with a learning disability.
If you are without the use of your arms:
- You could physically, through accident, injury or deformity or other reason, be without both arms. If this is the case no further supporting evidence is required.
- You could of lost the long term use of both your arms. In this case confirmation in writing from your GP would be necessary.
If you have a Long Term Mobility Problem:
- Documentary evidence that you are currently in receipt of DLA mobility at the Higher Rate or confirmation that you receive the War Pensioners mobility supplement.
- A letter from your GP confirming your condition has a substantial & long term adverse effect on your ability to walk
- Your mobility condition may be sufficiently severe to cancel the need for supporting documentary evidence.
If you would have been refused grant of a Driving Licence:
- A letter from DVLA refusing to accept your application for a driving licence because you are not deemed by them to be physically fit to drive
- Confirmation from your GP that you suffer from epilepsy, that you have had an attack during the past year and that one or more of you attack (s) have occurred other than when you were asleep
- Confirmation from your GP that you are liable to sudden attacks of giddiness or fainting other than insulin dependant diabetics where disabling hypoglycaemia is considered to be controllable
- Confirmation from your GP, local Health Authority or local Social Services that you have a severe mental disorder and are under long term medication sufficiently strong as to make you a source of danger to the public if you were to drive.
- NOTE - Anyone who has been refused a driving licence thorough a persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol does not qualify for a travel pass *
There are 8 Dial -a-Bus services using lift equipped minibuses and 15 community car schemes providing door to door transport
For further details call: 01772 533339
or log onto the website: www.transportforlancashire.com
For more information about the NOW card call the helpline: 0845 058 1096
or log onto the website: www.nowcard.org
Last updated: 30 November 2006