MSPs urge young people in Moray to apply for free bus travel
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LOCAL MSPs Ariane Burgess and Richard Lochhead have urged young people in Moray to apply for free bus travel.
From today, anyone between the ages of 5-21 can apply for a new Young Scot Card or National Entitlement Card via the Transport Scotland website.
The scheme, which is being implemented by the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government, commences at the end of the month.
Scottish Greens MSP Ariane Burgess said: "Young people will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland by bus for free from the end of the month.
"I'd encourage young people who rely on buses for essential travel in Moray or their parents to apply for new entitlement cards as soon as possible.
"As Covid travel restrictions start to lift more young people will be able to get onboard and enjoy the opportunity of free travel.
"As we emerge from the pandemic, bus services will be a crucial part of the green recovery while tackling the climate emergency, and this travel card will open up opportunities for young people and their families.
"I'm delighted this Green policy has gone from the drawing board to reality and despite the difficulties of Covid, essential travellers such as key workers should feel the benefit from day one."
SNP MSP Richard Lochhead added: "This initiative will not only help tackle the climate emergency by encouraging more young people to use public transport, but will also take pressure off young people's finances and make access to education, leisure, and work much easier. I know that for many in Moray travelling by bus can be expensive – so I really would encourage young people to apply for the new scheme so they can benefit from free travel.
"The SNP Scottish Government is once again making an investment in our young people's future, supporting them to have the best possible start in life and creating the fairer, greener Scotland that we want to build."