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Travelling Independently

Perth and Kinross Council have a list of services for independent travel that may help support the person you care for and make your travelling with your cared for a little easier. Below is a breakdown of some these services but to access the full list please follow the link

Thistle Assistance Card

The aim of the Thistle Assistance Card is to help anyone who has difficulty using public transport because of their age, disability or illness. It will quickly and easily tell the bus driver about any extra help you may need during your journey.

How does it work?

  • Your card will have sticker on it which shows your disability and the help you need i.e. hard of hearing, visually impaired, difficulty with mobility. The card can also tell the driver to let you know once you are at a certain stop, or if he could wait till you’re seated before driving off.
  • When using public transport, show the card to the bus driver, who will then be able to quickly see what you need.
  • On the back of the card you can add any extra details that you may think will be useful to the bus driver.

To access this service please contact or visit:

  • Puller House on 01738 475000 or email at Address: 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
  • Centre for Inclusive Living on 01738 500001 or email Address: 90 Tay Street, Perth, PH2 8NP

Public Transport passes

National Entitlement Card 

The National Entitlement Card (NEC) is Scotlands National Smartcard. The NEC offers carers many public services including:

  • Bus pass
  • Library card
  • Leisure membership card
  • Young Scot Card

This card can be used for:

  • free/discounted concessionary travel on public transport
  • library membership
  • health reward initiatives e.g. smoking cessation schemes
  • cashless payment methods to pre-order sheltered housing meals etc.
  • young scot card - allowing young persons to access rewards and discounts

For more information and to apply visit

You can also obtain an application form by calling 01738 475000 or email

Companion Concessionary Card - Bus Pass

If you disability requires you to be accompanied when travelling you can apply for a Companion Concessionary Card. This allows both the eligible person and companion to travel free of charge on the same bus journey.

For more information on this please contact Transport Scotland on 0141 2727200 or email

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