Making travel safer with the new Safe Travel Card

A new card to improve the safety of elderly and disabled bus passengers has been launched.

National Express Dundee's Safe Travel Card can be shown to the driver on boarding the bus to easily ask for extra time to sit down. 

Age Concern senior manager Patrick Delargy hailed the new scheme, launched at the charity's Dundee Fiveways Centre during its 65th anniversary celebrations.

"Public Transport is essential for older people" he said.  "It allows them to access services and to lead an active life. This National Express initiative is an encouraging development"

Anyone who thinks they would benefit from showing the card can obtain one from the National Express Travel Centre in Commercial Street, Dundee or they can ask for one to be posted out to them by calling 01382 340006 / 7.

National Express Health & Safety Co-ordinator Jo Burnett said "safety is our number one priority and the Safe Travel Card takes the guesswork out of this issue for drivers.  It also means that vulnerable passengers can simply show the card and make their needs known without a lot of fuss and explanation.  I hope our customers will really find this card useful".

Ken Lynn, convener of Dundee City Council's social work and health committee said "I am delighted to see the safe card scheme being introduced here in Dundee as we want to see as many people as possible make use of public transport and this will ensure older and more vulnerable people will be able to travel more safely and with confidence.

Published 31st October 2012