How you start travelling independently will depend on your needs and the support you have. You might want access to your own vehicle or perhaps you prefer public transport.
Your local authority, school, college or doctor may provide travel training. You can also start planning your own journeys, and practise travelling with a friend.
If you receive the higher mobility rate for Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the Motability scheme can help with the cost of driving lessons and the lease of a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
The 16-25 railcard gives you a third off train travel. But, this railcard can only be used for one person, and there is a minimum charge for journeys made before 10am Monday to Friday. If you’re over 25 but you’re studying full-time, you’re also eligible.
The Two Together railcard gives you a third off train travel for you and the other adult on the railcard.
You may be able to get free or discounted bus travel from your local authority. Check with your local authority if you’re eligible. You will normally be eligible if you claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
If your local authority will not give you discounted travel, local charities may be able to give advice.
A bus-hail card lets you stop a bus and get on it between bus stops. It is a card with ‘BUS’ on it. Your local authority or transport provider may be able to give you one.
The ramps for buses work in different ways. The ramp on your bus may be automatic, or you may need to ask the driver for support.
Your local authority may give disabled people discounts for using taxis. Check with your local authority.
Not all taxi firms have wheelchair accessible taxis, but some do. Accessible taxis can sometimes be more expensive.
Travelling to work
Access to Work grants can help to pay for some of your travel costs if you cannot use public transport or need to adapt your vehicle. This could include taxi journeys if your condition means that public transport is not accessible to you.
Receiving money for taxis can take 2 months or more. You will either need to:
pay for the taxi, keep receipts and fill in a claim form and wait for the money to be returned to you