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School and College Transport (16-19 year old students)

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Leicester City Council has changed its Post 16 transport policy, starting from September 2013.  This means different policies apply to new students starting their first year in September 2013, and to students returning to complete their second or third year at the same college.

 

Please read all of this section carefully before applying as it should answer most of your questions regarding eligibility, how to apply, and payment.

 


  

New Students

New post 16 students are not entitled to subsidised travel.  However, the council will offer the Local Authority pass for sale at £215 to eligible students i.e. those who are over 3 miles away from their college, as measured by the shortest walking distance.

 

There is no obligation to buy this pass, and you may wish to purchase a commercially available pass directly from a bus operator.  This is more flexible, allowing travel at evenings and weekends, but is also more expensive.  Contact the operator directly to purchase the pass at full price.

 


  

What is the Local Authority Pass?

The Local Authority pass allows combined travel on Arriva and First buses within the city. Travel is restricted to college days only and is restricted to your specified route. 

 

You will need to seal a recent passport sized photograph into the pass to make it valid.  Do NOT send photographs to the office. 

 

 


  

Eligibility

To be entitled to an LA pass students must: 

  • Live in the City of Leicester i.e. pay Council Tax to Leicester City Council;

  • Be aged between 16 and 19 on the 1st September 2013;

  • Live over three miles from the college, as measured by the shortest walking distance;

  • Ensure that if you are studying at a college based outside of the city, then the course(s) you are studying should not be available at a city college. 

You should not apply if:

  • You will be aged 19 or over on the 1st September 2013;

  • You are intending to take a higher education i.e. university course - contact the Awards and Grants service on 0845 300 5090;

  • The distance to the college is further than 20 miles; 

  • You will be attending Leicester College, Loughborough College, Stephenson College or South Leicestershire College. These Colleges deal with transport directly and you should fill in a separate application form available from the college;

  • If you live in Leicestershire and pay Council Tax to anyone other than Leicester City Council, please contact Leicestershire County Council transport on 0116 305 8777.


  

When do I apply?

To apply for a bus pass you will need to apply after 17th June 2013 and either complete the 16-19 School Transport online application form or visit one of our Customer Service Centres

 

Please note we cannot take applications over the telephone.  

 

To be sure of having your transport available from the start of the autumn term, you must apply before 15 July 2013.

 

Applications received after 15 July 2013 will be treated as late and there is no guarantee that bus passes will be issued before the start of the autumn term.

 

Late applications, particularly those received in August or September, could result in a delay of up to 8 weeks for bus passes to be issued. If this happens, you should be prepared to arrange and pay for your own transport during this time.  There is no refund of fares paid or expenses incurred while waiting.

 

You must apply for each year of your post 16 education, even if you are already receiving transport assistance.

  


How do I apply?

Apply online or by visiting a Customer Service Centre.  Please note we cannot take applications over the telephone

 

When we have established your eligibility we'll contact you and ask for payment.

 

Once we receive payment we'll order your bus pass and post it out to you.  You insert the photo and seal it yourself.

 

Apply online for 2013-2014 transport assistance for 16 -19 year old students.

 


What if I am not entitled?

If you are not entitled, we will send you a letter explaining why.  You will then need to make your own arrangements for college transport - both Arriva and First offer student bus passes.

 


What if I decide later not to continue my education?

If, having received your travel pass, you decided not to continue your education, please write to us enclosing the bus pass and the full name of the person the refund cheque should be made payable to.  We will then send you an appropriate refund. 

 


Is there any exemption from payment of the charge?

 

There is no exemption, however students with financial difficulties are advised to contact their college for information about bursary funds.

 


 

Returning Students

Leicester City Council will continue to offer a free or subsidised (£160) Local Authority bus pass to students aged 16-19 who meet specific criteria set out below.

 


 

 

What is the Local Authority Pass?

The Local Authority pass allows combined travel on Arriva and First buses within the city. Travel is restricted to college days only and is restricted to your specified route. 

 

You will need to seal a recent passport sized photograph into the pass to make it valid.  Do NOT send photographs to the office.

 


  

Eligibility

To be entitled to a reduced (£160) or free bus pass, students must:

 

  • Live in the City of Leicester i.e. pay Council Tax to Leicester City Council;

  • Be aged between 16 and 19 on the 1st September 2012;

  • Live over three miles from the college, as measured by the shortest walking distance;

  • Ensure that if you are studying at a college based outside of the city, then the course(s) you are studying should not be available at a city college.

  • Be returning to the same college to complete year 2 or year 3 of their course

You should not apply if:

  • You will be aged 19 or over on the 1st September 2013;

  • You are intending to take a higher education i.e. university course - contact the Awards and Grants service on 0845 300 5090;

  • The distance to the college is further than 20 miles; 

  • You will be attending Leicester College, Loughborough College, Brooksby Melton College, Stephenson College or South Leicestershire College. These Colleges deal with transport directly and you should fill in a separate application form available from the college;

  • If you live in Leicestershire and pay Council Tax to anyone other than Leicester City Council, please contact Leicestershire County Council transport on 0116 305 8777.


 

When do I apply?

To apply for a bus pass you will need to apply after 17th June 2013 and either complete the 16-19 School Transport online application form or visit one of our Customer Service Centres

 

Please note we cannot take applications over the telephone.  

 

To be sure of having your transport available from the start of the autumn term, you must apply before 15 July 2012.

 

Applications received after 15 July 2012 will be treated as late and there is no guarantee that bus passes will be issued before the start of the autumn term.

 

Late applications, particularly those received in August or September, could result in a delay of up to 8 weeks for bus passes to be issued. If this happens, you should be prepared to arrange and pay for your own transport during this time.  There is no refund of fares paid or expenses incurred while waiting.

 

You must apply for each year of your post 16 education, even if you are already receiving transport assistance.

 


 

 

How do I apply?

Apply online or by visiting a Customer Service Centre.  Please note we cannot take applications over the telephone. 

 

When we have established your eligibility we'll contact you and ask for payment or proof of benefit.

 

Once we receive payment or proof of benefit we'll order your bus pass and post it out to you.  You insert the photo and seal it yourself.

 

 

Apply online for 2013-2014 transport assistance for 16 -19 year old students.

 


What if I am not entitled?

If you are not entitled, we will send you a letter explaining why.  You will then need to make your own arrangements for college transport - both Arriva and First offer student bus passes.

 


 

 

What if I decide later not to continue my education?

If, having received your travel pass, you decided not to continue your education, please write to us enclosing the bus pass and the full name of the person the refund cheque should be made payable to.  We will then send you an appropriate refund. 

 


 

 

Is there any exemption from payment of the charge?

Yes, the Council offers certain exemptions. You will not have to pay if:

 

  • You or your parent/guardian is in receipt of Income Support,  Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, or Income based employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credits. 

  • If your JSA or ESA does not state Income Based it will not be accepted.
  • Copies of letters must be recent, i.e. sent to you within the last 40 days.
  • Please note that entitlement to any other benefits, eg. Contribution Based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Family Credit, Tax Credit etc. does NOT give exemption from the charge.