4 ways to save money on transport

4 ways to save money on transport

We’ve complied all the links and info you need to save money with transport for disabled people and carers across Bedfordshire and Luton.

Motability – Help with your own vehicle

If you, or the person you care for, receives the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement you will be able to exchange this payment for a lease car or scooter on the Motability scheme. It is possible to name up to three drivers of a leased Motability car. For more details call 0300 456 4566 or visit the Motability website.

Blue Badge

The Blue Badge Scheme gives people with a disability access to a wide range of free parking spaces, making it easier to park near the places they want to visit.
A Blue Badge is issued to the person with a disability, not to the car. So, as long as they are in the car then their Blue Badge can be used.

It doesn’t matter if they are the driver or a passenger, or if it is their own car or someone else’s.
The person applying for the badge must qualify before it will be issued.
If you, or the person you care for, receive an appropriate mobility benefit or are blind, you will be entitled to a blue badge. If you do not meet these conditions you may still be able to receive a blue badge.

For Luton:

You can apply online for a Blue badge or contact the Parking Shop for more information.

  • e-mail: bluebadges@luton.gov.uk
  • telephone 01582 547272

Blue badge holders may also be able to apply for a designated disabled parking bay at their homes. Contact Traffic Engineering on 01582 546276 for more information.

For Bedford:

Apply for a Blue Badge via the Bedford Borough Council website.

For Central Bedfordshire:

Apply for a Blue Badge via the Central Bedfordshire​​​​​​​ Council website.

Public Transport

For Luton:

If you are over 60 or have a Blue Badge (or meet Blue Badge criteria) you will be entitled to a Smartcard. This gives holders free bus travel around Luton, Dunstable and Houghton Regis at any time and free off peak (0930—2300) travel on local buses anywhere in England.

Smartcard holders will also receive a discount (approximately 50%) on train travel between Bedford and Elstree & Borehamwood after 10am on weekdays and all day weekends and Bank Holidays.

If the person you care for states they need a companion to travel with, and proof of this is given by a medical practitioner, you will also be entitled to travel for free when accompanying them. For further information about smartcards please contact the Passenger Transport Unit on 01582 547219.

For Central Bedfordshire:

For Bedford:

Apply for a travel pass for disabled people on the Bedford borough council website

Transport and help at the Mall in Luton

For disabled people or the more elderly who are unable to use public transport, Luton Shopmobility provide a transport service to and from the Mall for a small fee. For details please call 01582 738936.

We can help you to fill-in all the applications forms

If you need some help filling-in forms for bus passes and blue badges then please call 01582 470 900 or email us today.

”I was able to fill in my form properly with your help and make sure I had not missed anything”.

"I was given help filling in forms and the help was very good. Much easier for me to understand".

We’ll be adding full details covering Northamptonshire next.

If you think we have missed anything or you know of other money saving tips for disabled people and carers then please email us today.

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Whether you are an employer or a personal assistant (PA) you can access a range of relevant and engaging workshops delivered by specialist trainers.

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Hire our fully equipped meeting rooms with free wifi, a digital projector, tea & coffee facilities, flexible room space and on-site parking for over 100 cars, including 12 dedicated disabled parking bays.

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On this form-filling workshop (held most Mondays) you will have help and guidance to complete your PIP or AA (attendance allowance) claim form.

Hire our fully equipped meeting rooms with free wifi, a digital projector, tea & coffee facilities, flexible room space and on-site parking for over 100 cars, including 12 dedicated disabled parking bays.

Come along to our Friday drop-in session for 1-2-1 support from our employment coaches. We help people across Bedfordshire who are looking for work.

Every Thursday we offer expert help with seating and a full demonstration of all the chairs and riser-recliners we have in our shop. Our seating specialist is here to advise and help you choose the best seating.

For new or existing Personal Assistants (PAs) our free training will help improve your skills in a way that is specific to your role. We are holding monthly PA induction training sessions…

Check this page to download the timesheet you need for PAs and employers that we are supporting with direct payments including payroll and other services.

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