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Old 26-06-2019, 04:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys

So I'm trying to apply for another bus pass because mine ran out but having some trouble with a reason for it.
I got my old one because I was having seizures but not had a seizure for 3.5 years now so can't apply for a bus pass because of that.

So my question is, does anyone have a bus pass due to mental health issues and what did the supporting letter say?

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Old 26-06-2019, 04:53 PM   #2
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I have had one due to MH issues that was signed off by my psychiatrist due to me being unfit to learn to drive/drive because of my mental health. I didn't need a supporting letter but it might be different application process where you are.







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Old 26-06-2019, 05:30 PM   #3
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I have a provisional licence and don't think there's any reason why I would be unfit to drive so maybe I just can't get one



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Old 26-06-2019, 05:33 PM   #4
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I had one given me due to being unfit to drive. I had to fill in a form submit an passport sized photo and send off a letter from my then current psych. He said that I had been advised not to drive in the letter.



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Old 26-06-2019, 06:43 PM   #5
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I had a bus pass even when I was allowed to drive. My support worker/OT basically just had to fill in a form saying a bus pass would help me to get to appointments. But when I was put on PIP and was allowed the mobility component there was no other evidence needed. Not sure what it's like in your area though.





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Old 26-06-2019, 07:13 PM   #6
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Thanks guys

I'll tell my CC
She's not sure about it which prompted me to ask!

A bus pass would definitely help me get to appointments and I get mobility with DLA



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Old 13-08-2019, 06:31 PM   #7
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I think it depends on the area. I got a bus pass when DVLA told me I couldn’t drive. However, before that I was eating DLA mobility and was told I would only be eligible if a) I was told not to drive or b) I got high rate mobility.





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Old 04-09-2019, 09:44 PM   #8
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I also think it depends on the area.

This is it in my area: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/buspasses
Perhaps you can find a similar page for your area?

There's also this, same website, in the FAQs:

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Applying because of a disability

For those automatically entitled to a bus pass the applicant must be in receipt of one or more of the following state benefits:

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with 8 or more points for "Moving Around" or 12 points for "Planning and Following a Journey".

Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) as advised by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

War Pensions Mobility Allowance

An award under Tariffs 1-8 of the War Veterans Compensation Scheme (AFCS)

NHS Registration card or Social Services Registration letter stating the person applying is registered with one or more of the following disabilities:- severely sight impaired, sight impaired, profoundly / severely deaf, without arms or long term loss of use of both arms.

Applicants unable to drive due to their disability must provide a letter from the DVLA stating a licence application has been refused or an existing licence has been revoked for at least 12 months or more.

Based on the above, I'm not eligible for it, in spite of the fact that I have moderate-severe fatigue which can be debilitating + mobility issues and if I walk for more than ~20 minutes a day, I get worse and there's a chance I might not be able to do things normally if I keep it up for too long. And I doubt there's any chance PIP will ever give me points for mobility :/

Asking your local council sounds like the best bet.



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