Category D - Substantial and long term adverse effect on ability to walk

A person is eligible for a concessionary bus pass if they have a long term and substantial disability that means they cannot walk or which makes walking very difficult.

The criteria are the same as those used to consider Disability Living Allowance (DLA) higher rate mobility component and the 'Moving Around' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We will issue a temporary pass if evidence only covers you for a limited period or if your condition is likely to improve or is temporary.

You will be eligible if

  • You are unable to walk at all 
  • You can only get about by swinging through crutches (long term)
  • You are unable to walk more than 64 metres without severe discomfort
  • It takes an excessive amount of time to walk a short distance, for example 5 minutes to walk 100 metres, or
  • The exertion required to walk would constitute a danger to your life or would be likely to lead to serious deterioration in your health

You will not be eligible if:

  • Your mobility problems are short term, for example less than 12 months, or
  • You are able to walk relatively normally with the use of an artificial leg

Proving that you are eligible

You can do this by providing one of the following:

  • Evidence that you have a disabled parking badge (Blue Badge), and the date it expires. Your bus pass will expire at around the same time as the blue badge
  • PIP award of 8 or more points for the 'Moving Around' Activity
  • DLA mobility component at the higher rate
  • For a veteran, proof of receiving War Pensioners Mobility Supplement, or the Reasons for Decision letter under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
  • Letter which says that you cannot walk more than 64 metres without severe discomfort
  • Letter from your GP describing your disability and if it is permanent or temporary and state the expected duration

We cannot accept the following as evidence:

  • PIP award of mobility component but only 4 points for the 'Moving Around' activity
  • DLA mobility component at the lower rate
  • DLA care component at any level
  • Letter which lists medical conditions
  • Letter which says your mobility is affected by a medical condition
  • Letter which says you would benefit from having a bus pass
  • Letter which asks for you to be considered for a bus pass because you need one