Are there any travel discounts or exemptions for a child with vision impairment?

Blue Badge

If your child has a visual impairment (or a health condition that affects their mobility) and is over 2 years old you can apply for a blue badge. The badge allows you to park in places other drivers can't, and there are often special parking spaces available for Blue Badge holders. The Blue Badge is linked to you rather than your child or a specific vehicle, so you can be used with any car. This includes taxis and hire cars that you may be driving, or travelling in as a passenger. Further information, including how to apply can be found on the Gov.uk blue badge web page.

Road Tax Exemption

You can apply for a Certificate for Exemption from Road Tax if you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of DLA (not for children under three). Further information can be found on the Gov.uk website or by calling the Disability and Carer Benefits Directorate 08457 12 34 56.

Motability

Motability is a scheme that helps you lease or buy a car if you receive the higher rate of the Mobility Component of DLA (not for children under three). Further information can be found on the Motability website.

Buses

Different rules apply depending on where you live but most areas offer concessionary bus fares from the age a child would normally start paying. They need to be applied for locally, but can be used in other areas. Further information on whats available in your area and how to apply can be found on the Gov.UK website.

Trains

Once a child reaches 16 they can apply for a disabled persons railcard, for further information see Can I get any travel discounts or cheaper fares? Anyone aged 16 - 17 should also consider the 16 - 17 Saver card.

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