Older people in Sheffield will no longer have to renew their bus passes.
From January 1 the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, or SYPTE, will roll out an automatic renewal scheme for senior concession passes.
The trial scheme will run for a year and will apply to all passes that expire after December 31 this year.
SYPTE executive director Stephen Edwards said: “We are pleased to introduce the new auto renewal pass process for English National Concessionary Travel Scheme pass holders.
“The process will remove the need for our customers to reapply for their pass, making it even easier for them to continue to benefit from free and discounted travel across South Yorkshire.”
Passengers currently have to renew their pass every five years, either in person, on the phone or online. Once the trial period starts, all they need to do is wait for their new pass to come through the letter box.
The only time anyone will need to contact SYPTE is if they have moved house or need to update their details or photo - or to apply for their first pass.
If the trial is successful, automatic renewal will become permanent.
The senior pass is available to anyone who reaches the female pensionable age. Holders are entitled to free bus and tram travel between 9.30am and 11pm on weekdays and at any time during the weekend and on Bank Holidays. They can also get half-fare train tickets in South Yorkshire.
The SYPTE expects 12,000 renewals a month in 2017.
The renewal scheme follows the success of a similar trial for college passes, which is likely to be rolled out across South Yorkshire next year.
People with senior passes that expire on or before December 31 this year will need to renew in the usual way – online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/seniorrenew, by paper application from any transport interchange, or by calling Traveline on 01709 515151.
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