Transport and Older People
Key Facts for Somerset
- In 2017/18, 113,000 concessionary bus tickets for older people were issued in Somerset (Department for Transport)
- In the same year, over 3 million bus passenger journeys were undertaken by concessionary ticket-holders in Somerset, the bulk of which are older people
- 1 in 5 Somerset residents aged 65 or more have no access to car or van. The proportion is even higher in some rural towns and villages and amongst women (2011 Census)
- Older people need to be supported in driving safely for longer, with viable alternative transport options available for those who are unable to drive.
The Blue Badge Scheme provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired. People who have blue badges can park close to their destination in on-street parking and some car parks.
- As at 31 March 2018, a total of 29,400 individuals in Somerset held a Blue Badge, representing 5.3% of the population.
- This represents a decline of approximately 500 individuals on the total a year earlier.
- Numbers have been in general decline since reforms to the Blue Badge application process in 2011/12.
For more information and statistics, please see the Department for Transport website