In England, Scotland and Wales, local councils must offer people with a disability free off-peak bus travel on local bus services. Contact your local council for details of free bus passes and transport services for people with a disability in your area. In Northern Ireland, visit NiDirect.gov.uk to find out more about concessions and transport for people with a disability.
There may be community transport services available in your area for people who have problems using public transport. For example, there might be services providing trips to local shopping centres.
Some areas have local voluntary groups called good neighbour schemes. They provide practical help to people who need it. This often includes help with transport to hospital or to see your GP.
The British Red Cross can provide personal transport services across the UK. This includes providing a companion for a journey on public transport, or a private car with a driver. A contribution towards the cost is usually asked for, but no one will be refused a service if they can’t pay.
In Wales, St John Wales can provide transport for people who have difficulty using public transport or their own vehicle. Visit stjohnwales.co.uk or call 0292 044 9600.
Other local services include dial-a-ride (wheelchair accessible transport, which can be booked to take you from door to door) and reduced-fare taxi schemes.
Shopmobility schemes provide wheelchairs and scooters for disabled people to help them get around town and shopping centres. Visit nsfuk.org or call 0844 414 1850.