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Date updated: 18/05/2022

Passes, badges and schemes for people with mobility difficulties

From Freedom Passes (for bus and other travel on public transport) for older people to City of London Red Badges for disabled drivers, there are a number of subsidised travel services available to people with a range of mobility difficulties who live or work within the City of London.

The Freedom Pass offers free travel for older and disabled people on almost all public transport in London.

How to apply

Older persons

For an older persons' Freedom pass, you can apply directly online

Disabled persons

To apply for a disabled persons' Freedom Pass, please contact the City of London Corporation on 020 7332 1224.

Taxicard is a scheme that provides subsidised travel for people who have a serious mobility impairment that makes using public transport difficult.

Taxicard holders make journeys in licensed London taxis and private hire vehicles, and the subsidy applies directly to each trip.

To apply for a Taxicard, you can call 020 7332 1224 and request an application or email the Contact Centre.

Alternatively, you can download an application form directly from London Taxicard.

If you are disabled and can't use public transport, Dial-a-Ride is a free, door-to-door service that is great for getting out and about.

This is a free service. However, to use this service you will need to become a member.

To find out more, including how to apply, visit the TFL website.

View parking spaces n the City of London for people with registered disabilities.

Download a Blue Badge application form below..

The City of London also runs its own Red Badge scheme. This allows residents and workers in the City with registered disabilities to receive parking dispensations within the City or Square Mile.

You can also download a Red badge application form below.

Congestion Charge exemption

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you are eligible for a full exemption on the central London Congestion Charge.

Visit the TFL website for more information.

From 30 August 2019, both the Blue and Red Badge schemes extend to people with hidden disabilities, including those with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health conditions. From this date, people with non-visible medical conditions and disabilities will have the same right to access disabled parking as people with visible disabilities.

The changes to the schemes are intended to extend eligibility to people who cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism); who cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress; or who have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking).

Find out more about the changes and eligibility

Blue Badge application form PDF (204KB)
Date submitted: 17/02/20
Red Badge application form PDF (212KB)
Date submitted: 17/02/20