Education travel policy
There are some 1,000 pupils transported to schools across Wiltshire who have a statement of special need. Transport can take the form of a car or a specialised minibuses to cater for wheelchair users. The Assessment & Placement team decide who is entitled to transport and the Passenger Transport Unit are responsible for arranging this transport and the contracts with local transport providers.
Post 16 travel policy
The Local Authority does not have a statutory duty to provide free transport to students over the age of 16 who are continuing in full time education at school or college. However, the Council remains committed to offering discretionary provision to enable young people over the age of 16 with special educational needs or who are subject to a learning difficulty assessment, to access full time courses of study at school or college.
Employment and Community Skills provide travel training to assist young people to travel within their community. They consist of two teams: Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) and Community Connecting (CC). Travel support can be linked to other opportunities and enable young people to access some of the following independently:
- Paid employment
- Voluntary work
- Socialising and meeting friends
- Attending a club
- Getting to school or college
- Using the community facilities to do things they enjoy
The team provides a time limited service; working with young people so they are able to begin their travel journey. This could be walking, bus travel, community transport or other preferred modes of transport. Journeys are planned together with the young person and staff member; fading strategies are put in place to support the young person’s independence. The teams can also support customers when applying for concessionary schemes e.g. bus passes, discount rail tickets etc. Full details regarding eligibility, referral and service details can be found in the Travel Training fact sheet 2015.
For further information please contact the Employment and Community Skills team on 01225 718004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wiltshire Independent Travel Support (WITS)
Wiltshire Independent Travel Support (WITS) are an award winning independent project team offering initial travel support to individuals who would like to travel independently on public transport for work, to meet friends, for college or training.
Free bus travel
Young people with certain disabilities will qualify for a free bus pass from Wiltshire Council. Please see our Pathway to Independent Living and select ‘I have a free bus pass’.
Blue Badge scheme
A Blue Badge is for people who have severe difficulty walking and who drive regularly. It allows people to park near shops and offices and public buildings.
People who have difficulty using their arms and cannot use parking meters easily, or those who are registered blind, can also apply for a Blue Badge.
The Blue Badge allows holders to park for free on single and double yellow lines on most streets for three hours. Blue Badge holders can also use some pay and display car parks for free.
Some people qualify automatically for a Blue Badge but others may need to have their mobility assessed.
Each Blue Badge costs £10 and should be displayed on the car dashboard. The details should be clearly visible so it can be checked. The Blue Badge should be displayed with the expiry date upwards, but the photograph should not be displayed.