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People who qualify for a bus pass

People born before and including 5 April 1950

Permanent residents of Medway qualify for a bus pass.

People born on or after 6 April 1950

The pension age for women is progressively being moved from 60 to 66 to bring this in line with the pension age for men by October 2020. As a result, all permanent residents of Medway born from 6 April 1950 onwards will qualify for a bus pass on the day that a woman born on the same day reaches state pension age.

Calculate your state pension age.

In addition, people with the following disabilities may qualify for a free bus pass:

  • A - blind or partially sighted;
  • B - without speech;
  • C - profoundly or severely deaf;
  • D - with a disability or having suffered an injury that has a large and long-term adverse effect on their ability to walk;
  • E - without arms or having long-term loss of the use of both arms;
  • F - with a learning disability;
  • G - any disability that would lead to someone being refused an application for a driving licence on medical grounds (other than as a result of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol).

Please visit the evidence page to see the documentation you must provide to qualify for a disabled bus pass.  You can apply for a bus pass quickly and easily using the online forms below:


If there is uncertainty about who qualifies for disability reasons, the council may consult with the applicant's GP.

Companion pass

If you have difficulty travelling by yourself, you can apply for a companion pass which enables somebody to travel free of charge on the bus with you. However, please note that:

  • free travel for the companion is now available for journeys which start in the both the Medway Council and Kent County Council areas. The pass holder can travel anywhere in England within the times allowed. However Medway Council cannot guarantee free travel for the companion outside of Kent
  • The pass holder will need to provide evidence of why they depend on somebody travelling with them and the issue of these passes is at the discretion of the council.


For more information contact us by telephone: 0871 200 2233 / 01634 333333 or by email: info@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR