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Travel and transport

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Children with special needs may be eligible for support with their home-to-school travel.

You can find more information by downloading Croydon's Home to School Travel Assistance Policy. This is available with further information via the Travel assistance and transport section of Croydon Council's website (external link).

Blue Badge parking scheme

The blue badge is the common name for the 'parking card for disabled people'. It offers parking concessions to those who fall within certain categories of physical and sensory disability.

It operates across the European Union and is regulated in the UK by the Department for Transport (DfT), which stipulates the qualifying categories.

You can find more information via the Health and social care section of Croydon Council's website (external link).

Mobility

People who receive either the higher rate mobility component of DLA or the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP can exchange their mobility allowance to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair.

You can find more information via the Motability website (external link).

Vehicle tax

You will also be exempt from paying vehicle tax, either for your own vehicle or that of a nominated carer.

You can find more information on the Vehicles exempt from vehicle tax section of Gov.uk (external link).

If you qualify for vehicle tax exemption due to your child’s needs, you may use the Dartford Crossing free of charge.

You can find more information on the Pay the Dartford Crossing charge (Dart Charge) section of Gov.uk (external link).

Public transport

Discounts on fares are available, subject to eligibility from local and national transport providers.

You can find more information via the Transport for London (TfL)National Express and National Rail websites (external links).

Croydon Council provides a freedom pass for those with an eligible disability. You can find more information via the Health and social care section of Croydon Council's website (external link).

Croydon Council also takes part in the London Taxicard Scheme, which provides reduced fares in black cabs for Croydon residents who are registered blind, or have severe mobility problems and are unable to use public transport. You can find more information via the Health and social care section of Croydon Council's website (external link).

Transport for all

Transport for All (TfA) is an organisation dedicated to championing the rights of disabled and older people to travel with freedom and independence in London. They:

  • Provide a helpline for disabled users of public transport in London.
  • Provide help and advice on travel including planning journeys, applying for discount cards and support in complaining about transport services.
  • Publish a free guide called Get Moving: a guide to London’s transport services for disabled and older people.

You can find more information via the Transport for All website (external link).

Keeping safe

For support and guidance on keeping safe when you are out and about, please download the Keeping Safe workbook.

The workbook includes top tips on how to keep yourself safe and covers guidance on managing situations such as when being followed and bullied.

There also many fun games and activities that will help you learn how to keep you safe.


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