In February Mark wrote to the Scottish Government with concerns raised by a constituent, Mrs Wilma Collie, regarding the anxiety caused to disabled individuals when renewing their companionship bus pass.
Mark has welcomed that in response to his letter the Minister for Transport and Islands, Humza Yousaf, has confirmed he has requested that Transport Scotland review the application process for people with disabilities.
Commenting, Mark said:
“I wrote to the Transport Minister when my constituent made me aware that those who are entitled to a free bus pass with a companion are required to renew the bus pass every three years.
“This process requires obtaining updated versions of multiple documents and the individual with additional support needs must be in attendance, which can be a very challenging experience for them.
“It is important that individuals with complex life-long disabilities can live their lives as independently as possible, and it is therefore essential that local services are accessible to all.
“I am grateful that the Transport Minister has agreed to review the application process and my hope is that the review will deliver an outcome which means those with life-long disabilities can obtain a bus pass which does not require to be renewed and will mean they are able to continue to access services that many of us take for granted.”
Commenting, constituent Mrs Collie said:
“I’m so pleased that Mark has managed to have this reviewed. My son and I worry about the upcoming renewal and I know of several people who do not apply for the companion pass owing to the paperwork and worry caused.”