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Mental Illness, Learning Disability or Personal Disorder

You will qualify for Scotland-Wide Free Bus Travel if you suffer from a mental illness, learning disability or personality disorder and can demonstrate all of the following.

  • You are resident in Scotland.
  • You are aged 5 years or over.
  • You suffer from a mental disorder in terms of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.
  • Your ability to travel is impaired by your condition.
  • It has persisted for more than a year and your condition means that you need to travel in order to keep health or social care appointments or participate in activities as part of a treatment, care or rehabilitation programme.

Anyone applying under this category must produce a mental health certificate (NCT002) available from Aberdeen City Council or health board establishment (where applicable) completed by a qualified professional as detailed on the NCT002. If you apply on the grounds of learning disability you must produce a Certificate of eligibility - learning disability (NCT002a)

Both certificates must be completed and signed by a qualified professional prior to the main application form for a National Entitlement Card (NCT001) being completed and processed.

Anyone who cannot demonstrate that they need to travel as described above will not be eligible under this category even if they are covered by the definition of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment (Scotland) Act 2003.


If you are attending a rehabilitation programme for alcohol or drug dependency please note that your entitlement to Scotland-Wide Free Bus Travel is only granted for 6 months. At this point you will have to renew your travel entitlement.  

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