Online applications are helping to drive demand, and the City Council estimates online applicants are collectively saving themselves around three months of queuing
Milton Keynes City Council is receiving record numbers of applications for its bus passes enabling free off-peak travel, with an increasing number of people applying online.
Last year more than 9,000 applications for bus passes were made by eligible residents with disabilities or who were at pension age.
In comparison, in 2019/20 the City Council received around 5,000 applications, dropping to just over 3,000 in 2020/21 due to the pandemic.
Although MK City Council accepts paper-based applications and also offers a customer helpline for people who need extra support, as many as 90% of people now apply online each month.
That’s partly due to a new and more flexible approach introduced during the pandemic, when the City Council started accepting photographs of evidence proving eligibility (such as a passport or driving license) rather than asking for the original document, making the process far simpler and faster to complete.
It calculates that those residents applying online, instead of waiting at Civic to present paper evidence as they used to, are collectively saving themselves around 90 days a year.