This isn’t one that many seem to know about. In fact, I only recently learned about it myself. It infuriates me to see people abuse the benefits system and take advantage of schemes designed for those in genuine need, especially when those in need are often unaware of what help is out there.
[ The Disabled Persons Railcard ]
This is a railcard (link to the site is here) you can purchase if you have a disability that will get you 1/3 off adult fares for National Rail travel in Great Britain. The first perk is that if you’re travelling with another adult, including a friend or family member, they can also get 1/3 off their ticket when bought at the same time. The second perk is that there are no time restrictions on this, unlike with many other railcards, so you can travel on any day at any time.
You can also register your discount on an Oyster card to get 1/3 off Oyster PAYG single fares on the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway. A full list of ticket types this can be used on is listed on the website here.
For one year, this costs £20. For three years, it costs £54.
[ Eligibility ]
You need to meet certain criteria to be eligibly to apply for the railcard. If you have one of the following conditions, or are in receipt of one of the following benefits, you should qualify :
- In receipt of PIP or DLA (at higher/lower rate for mobility, or higher/middle rate care component)
- In receipt of Severe Disablement Allowance or Attendance Allowance
- Receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement, or War or Service Disablement Pension (for 80%+ disability)
- ou buy/lease a vehicle through the Motability Scheme.
- Have epilepsy
- Have a hearing impairment or visual impairment
[ Proof ]
There’s a list on the website to illustrate the types of proof accepted. These generally include things like copies of award letters for types of benefit, a copy of a Certificate of Visual Impairment, a copy of an Exemption Certificate for Epilepsy, etc.
[ Applying ]
You can apply for this card online via the official RailCard website.
[ Passenger Assist ]
There is also a service called Passenger Assist that not many may be aware of. Perhaps you or soeone you know has a disability, is frail or would benefit from extra support when travelling by train. More information can be found on the NationalRail website.
Local Councils – It may also be worth checking with your local council if you have a disability that results in being unable to drive (as defined by your GP) as you may be able to get help with other travel schemes and bus passes.
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