Free travel for carers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6312
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

At the Plenary on the 8th March 2018 I asked you about the possibility of free travel for carers across the Transport for London network. Positively, you informed me that you had tasked Transport for London to go away and look at this and would get back as soon as possible. Can you please provide an update of Transport for London’s findings on the feasibility of this and what plans are in place?

Answer

Free travel for carers

Free travel for carers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

While there are currently no plans to introduce any new concessions, Transport for London has been looking at options for providing free or discounted travel for people who need assistance when travelling on public transport, for example those with a disability that makes it difficult to travel alone.

There are a number of factors that need to be considered as part of this work. This includes providing clarity as to who is eligible, the need to avoid duplication or inconsistency with other schemes and not opening up opportunities for fares avoidance. Any scheme would also need to be designed to recognise that the travel companion of an eligible person may not be the full-time carer.

Any proposal would need to be developed in conjunction with London Councils, who manage the Freedom Pass on behalf of the London Boroughs.