Freedom Pass Restrictions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Reference: 
2006/2228
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Some of my elderly constituents have raised with me that whilst they think its excellent that children up to 18 years old now have free bus passes, they would like the restriction of not being able to use their Freedom Pass until after 9 am removed. This will allow them to use their Freedom Pass to attend important hospital appointments. Will you consider this removal?

Answer

Answer for Freedom Pass Restrictions

Answer for Freedom Pass Restrictions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Freedom Pass is sponsored and funded by the London boroughs, on behalf of their local residents. The scheme costs the boroughs around £200 million per annum. Lifting the restriction on using the Freedom Pass before 9.00 am, which I would support, would add to costs, perhaps up to £10 million for the buses alone. The London boroughs are currently indicating they are not willing to fund a scheme extension of this kind for their local residents at this time. National Health Service hospitals should now have introduced systems to allow patients to book outpatient appointment at times when the Freedom Pass can be used.