Transdev Yellow buses sign up for Citizencard

Young people using Transdev Yellow Buses (TYB) will be required to show photo ID cards in order to qualify for discounted travel.

Picture caption: Card wise: Pupils at Glenmoor School, Bournemouth, display a large version of the CitizenCard watched by (left to right) Sally Spicer and Jenni Wilkinson of Transdev Yellow Buses and Glenmoor’s Roger Allen and Helen Vaughan

The bus company has signed up to the national CitizenCard scheme requiring students up to the age of 17 to show proof of age.

Initially TYB is introducing the photo ID cards on a voluntary basis but the card is expected to become compulsory within the next year.

As an incentive, young people using the CitizenCard will be entitled to a concessionary fare up to the age of 17 instead of the current 15.

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.

It is free to all 11-16 year olds in the area as well as older students in full-time education and conforms to relevant data protection laws.

TYB has contacted schools in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole inviting them to take part. Glenmoor School in Bournemouth is the first to take delivery of the cards.

The CitizenCard is recognised across the UK and satisfies the Proof of Age Standard Scheme (PASS) criteria. Currently 9,499 students in Dorset carry the card.

Jenni Wilkinson, TYB’s Communications and Marketing Manager, said the CitizenCard would prevent the problem of students who look older than their years having their age queried.

She added: “Use of a PASS-accredited card will reduce the time taken by drivers in checking an increasingly wide range of ID cards and, thereby, improve journey times for all passengers.

“In addition, we plan to provide discounts for various local attractions which can be gained by showing the CitizenCard.”

Roger Allen, Assistant Head of Glenmoor School, said the CitizenCard scheme ‘harmonised well’ with Glenmoor’s School Travel Plan.

“Wherever possible we want to encourage our pupils to use public transport. This fits in very well with that strategy,” he added.

Picture caption: Card wise: Pupils at Glenmoor School, Bournemouth, display a large version of the CitizenCard watched by (left to right) Sally Spicer and Jenni Wilkinson of Transdev Yellow Buses and Glenmoor’s Roger Allen and Helen Vaughan