BUSIT’s accessibility concession for people with a transport disability is now available.
**You can download and print the Accessibility Concession Application form here, and then take it to your GP or participating Disability Agency to complete.**
The concession will mean free bus travel on all Hamilton buses, as well as on the 20 Cambridge, 21 Northern Connector, 22 Morrinsville/Paeroa, 23 Raglan and 24 Te Awamutu services. It does not currently include other public transport services within the Waikato region.
The free travel will be available to people who have an impairment that means they are unable to drive. This impairment could be physical, intellectual, psychological, sensory or neurological.
People with a permanent disability are eligible, as are people with a temporary disability that is likely to last for six months or more. People with a short term disability (less than 6 months) will not be eligible for this concession.
There is an application process, which includes an eligibility assessment carried out by either a disability agency or a GP. The council will then issue an accessibility concession photo ID card, which must be shown to the bus driver to receive the free travel.
There are three ways to apply:
1. Check with your doctor to see if they will complete your assessment. Print the application form here or pick one up from the Transport Centre and take it to your doctor’s appointment.
2. Contact a participating disability agency who will set up an appointment with you to fill out the application form and undertake an eligibility assessment. There may be a charge for this assessment. A list of participating agencies is available online at busit.co.nz.
3. If you are already a Total Mobility user, simply call 0800 205 305 and the BUSIT team will organise an ID card to be mailed to you.
Waikato will be the first region in New Zealand to provide free travel for people with a transport disability, which the regional council voted in favour of last December.
The concession is also supported by Hamilton City Council and builds on its infrastructure improvement programme, which includes a significant increase in the number of accessible bus stops and shelters being built each year within Hamilton.
Waikato Regional Council’s BUSIT team are working quickly to have the application process in place by 1 August. Those on the council’s Total Mobility database are being contacted directly and WRC has been working with disability agencies to organise assessors.
For more information about the concession, visit www.busit.co.nz, call 0800 205 305, or visit the team at the BUSIT counter inside the Hamilton Transport Centre in Bryce Street.
FAQ about accessibility concession
How do I qualify for the disability concession?
Free travel is available to people who have an impairment, which means they are unable to drive. This impairment could be physical, intellectual, psychological, sensory or neurological.
What do I have to do to get the free travel?
There’s an application process for the concession, including an eligibility assessment to be undertaken by a disability agency or GP. An accessibility concession photo ID card will then be issued, and must be shown to the bus driver in order to receive the free travel.
I am with Total Mobility do I automatically qualify?
Yes if you are already registered with Total Mobility you will be eligible for the concession and will not need to undertake an assessment. Simply call us on 0800 205 305 and we’ll organise an ID card to be mailed to you.
How do I get the card?
There are 3 ways to apply;
1. Check with your doctor to see if they will complete your assessment. Print the application form at busit.co.nz or pick one up from the Transport Centre and bring it to your doctor’s appointment. They can submit the application to us on your behalf, or you can drop the form back to us at the BUSIT counter at the Hamilton Transport Centre. Once approved, we will contact you to come in to have a photo taken and your ID card printed.
2. Contact a participating disability agency who will set up an appointment with you to fill out the application form and undertake an eligibility assessment. There may be a charge for this assessment. Your photo will be taken at this appointment and your ID card will be mailed to you.
3. If you are already a Total Mobility user simply call us on 0800 205 305 and we’ll organise an ID card to be mailed to you.
Where can I get my assessment done?
Check with your doctor to see if they will complete your assessment. Or contact your disability agency;
Where can I get the form to fill out?
You can get this form from the BUSIT counter at the Transport Centre or you can print it off our BUSIT website (available from Thursday 1 August)
I have not had my assessment done yet can I still get the free travel?
No, you cannot receive the free travel until you have had the eligibility assessment and received your disability card. Please respect our drivers and continue to pay a fare until you receive your card.
Do I still need to carry a BUSIT card?
No, there is no need for you to have your BUSIT card anymore as all of your BUSIT travel is now free of charge, just show the driver your accessibility ID card and you will receive the free travel.
Can I show the driver my assessment notice and get on the bus?
No, you have to have the accessibility ID card with you to show the driver, otherwise you will not get on for free.
I can’t drive temporarily can I get the free travel?
The accessibility concession is available for people with a permanent disability, and also for people with a temporary disability, that is likely to last 6 months or more.
Can my carer get free travel as well?
Unfortunately no, your carer cannot get the free travel, they will still need to pay the normal adult fare with a BUSIT card. Only people who have the disability card under their own name can get the free travel.
Where can I travel with the free fares?
The accessibility concession is available on all BUSIT services within Hamilton and on our regional routes that connect with Hamilton including Pukekohe, Huntly, Raglan, Paeroa, Cambridge, Morrinsville/Paeroa and Te Awamutu.
What times of the day do I receive the free travel?
You receive the free travel any time of the day any day of the week, as long as you show the bus driver your disability card.