Transport for older and disabled people

Transport for older and disabled people

You can find out about:

Blue Badge

The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled. Find out about the Blue Badge scheme, who can apply for a Blue Badge and how to make your application.

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Bus pass - older person's bus pass

If you're of the state pension age for women, you are eligible for an older person's bus pass. Find out about the older person's bus pass and how to make your application.

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Disabled person's bus pass

Find out how to apply for a disabled person's bus pass and also the 7 categories of disability which can entitle you to concessionary bus travel.

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Disabled parking bays

Disabled bays are marked parking spaces reserved for disabled drivers or holders of a valid Blue Badge. They do not provide a private parking space – they can be used by any driver displaying a Blue Badge. Find out more about disabled parking bays.

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Disabled person's railcard

With a Disabled Persons Railcard you can get 1/3 off rail fares to travel across Britain. Find out more about the pass and how to make an application (link opens in new window).

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Motability scheme

The Motability Scheme (link opens in new window) enables disabled people to obtain a car, powered wheelchair or scooter simply by using their government-funded mobility allowances. Customers exchange their allowance for a worry-free mobility package, including:

  • car, powered wheelchair or scooter
  • insurance
  • servicing
  • tyres
  • breakdown cover
  • adaptations and wheelchair accessible vehicles are also available

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Wheelchair service

The NHS provides a countywide wheelchair service for all residents registered with a GP in Bedfordshire and Luton. The service offers:

  • wheelchair assessment and provision for manual and electric wheelchairs
  • support, advice and training throughout life for wheelchair users and their carers
  • wheelchair maintenance service through approved repairers
  • specialist seating and postural control
  • pressure relieving equipment

The wheelchair service assesses clients in clinics, in their own homes, in local and tertiary hospitals (specialist units), and in residential and nursing homes. The service prioritises referrals based on urgency of clinical need/diagnosis. Referral to the service is via professionals in health, social services and education.

Millbrook Healthcare (link opens in new window) provides the wheelchair service for the NHS.

Wheelchair hire

The Disability Resource Centre (link opens in new window) offers short term hire of wheelchairs.

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Taxis

View the list of licensed taxis operating in Central Bedfordshire.

It is our policy that all licensed hackney carriage taxis (also called a cab, black cab, hack or London taxi) are wheelchair accessible. Private hire (book in advance only) taxis don’t have to be accessible for wheelchair users although many will be.

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