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Question reference: S6W-13293

  • Asked by: Neil Bibby, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 20 December 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 17 January 2023


To ask the Scottish Government, as of 19 December 2022, how many people (a) are eligible for, (b) have applied for and (c) have received an under-22 bus pass through the Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel scheme.


There are an estimated 930,000 people eligible for the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme. This refers to the number of people aged 5-21 who have become eligible for concessionary travel as a result of the Young Person’s Scheme.

(b) Transport Scotland does not hold application information. The Improvement Service are in charge of applications made through and, and all other applications are managed by the individual local authorities.

(c) As of end of day 19th December 2022, there were 561,623 cardholders under the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme.

This data is supplied by the National Entitlement Card Programme Office (NECPO). NECPO support the 32 local authorities by assisting with the integration of various national and local public services on the National Entitlement Card (NEC) and are the joint controller with local authorities of this data. The figure includes travel products collected from the Transport Scot Pass Collect mobile application.