Is my child automatically eligible?

Some pupils are automatically eligible to apply for free transport on council operated bus services based on the distance from their home to the school.

  • beyond 2 miles (if below the age of 8); or
  • beyond 3 miles (if aged between 8 and 16)

For those pupils who are moving from Year 6 into Year 7 the following September, the Local Authority is able to work this out as soon as pupils have been allocated their schools in March of each year.

Can my child get a bus from more than one address?

Yes, in the case of a split family. When parents separate, they both retain parental responsibility and have equal rights relating to their children. Some children may live with each parent for part of the school week e.g. three days with one parent and two days with the other. In these cases, entitlement to transport to each of the parent's home addresses is assessed and if the child is entitled to free transport from both then they will be granted free transport to both addresses.

If the child is not entitled to free transport from one address then the parent may purchase a travel pass if they wish.

Find out about how to buy a travel pass for school or college, how much it costs, reapplying for a pass, and how to cancel a direct debit and receive a refund from East Riding of Yorkshire Council's website:

My child has an Education, Health and Care Plan - will they qualify for free transport?

Children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans may qualify for free home to school transport. If the school named in the plan is beyond the statutory walking distance or they cannot reasonably be expected to walk.

Personal Travel Budgets for parent carers who wish to make their own arrangements for home to school transport are coordinated separately to an EHC. You can find out more by visiting the East Riding Local Offer Personal Budgets page (external council website).

Please find information on the IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice) (external website) about transport for school or college.

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