YOUNG people between the age of 11 and 18 will have to show a photo ID CitizenCard in order to receive discounted travel on Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB).
The company, which introduced the scheme on a voluntary basis earlier this year, has announced it will become compulsory from January 1, 2008.
The only exception will be under 18’s who are accompanied by an adult paying the full fare. They will still be able to travel on a concessionary fare and without the need for a CitizenCard.
TYB has also decided that the age barrier for discounted travel should be lifted to 18 years, with immediate effect.
Previously it has been 15 years for young people travelling without a CitizenCard and 17 for current CitizenCard holders.
Over the last 12 months TYB has written to 24 upper schools and colleges across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch alerting them to the changes.
It is encouraging young people to apply for the CitizenCard through their school at no cost. Jenni Wilkinson, Communications and Marketing Manager, said TYB had adopted the CitizenCard scheme earlier this year.
“Currently young people without a CitizenCard, and travelling before 10pm, can buy a concessionary fare up to the age of 15. If they have a CitizenCard the age barrier was extended to17.
“From January 1, 2008, all unaccompanied young people must have a CitizenCard to receive discounted travel before 10pm. In return they will enjoy concessionary fares up to their 18th birthday,” she explained.
Mrs Wilkinson said the CitizenCard prevented the problem of students who look older than their years having their age queried.
“Since we introduced the card on a voluntary basis earlier this year we have found it has reduced the time taken by drivers in checking an increasingly wide range of ID cards, improving journey times for all passengers,” she added.
TYB chose the CitizenCard because it was a PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) accredited card. As a result it can be used for a variety of purposes nationally, including checking-in at airports, avoiding the need for a young person to carry an assortment of cards.
The CitizenCard carries a full colour passport-style photograph of the holder with their name, date of birth and signature, thermally imaged onto the plastic card for security.
Currently more than 10,000 students in Dorset carry the card.
Picture caption: Way forward: Jenni Wilkinson (left) and Sally Spicer of Transdev Yellow Buses promote CitizenCard which becomes compulsory for unaccompanied 11-18 year olds from the New Year.