TaxiCard

TaxiCard offers reduced fare taxi and rail travel to those who cannot use conventional bus services because of severe or complex disability or infirmity.

A TaxiCard entitles the holder to make a maximum of 52 single taxi trips per 3 calendar months at one half of the normal fare. Trips may be made within, and between, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen, and also to/from Montrose, Brechin, Keith and Cullen.

Rail trips may be made between all station in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen and also to/from Keith, Elgin, Forres, Nairn and Montrose.

TaxiCards are free of charge and under normal circumstances are valid for five years from the date of issue. The Expiry date for cards awarded to people in receipt of DWP benefits varies.

Who can apply

You are eligible if you are permanently resident in Aberdeenshire for at least 32 weeks every year and you meet the following criteria:

  • you are in receipt of Higher Mobility component Disability Living Allowance (or you would be, but you are precluded because you are permanently resident in long stay hospital);
  • you are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and awarded either (i) 8 points or more for" moving around" or (ii) 12 points or more for "planning and following journeys".
  • you receive War Pensioners Mobility Supplement;
  • you are registered blind or partially sighted;
  • you are 65 years of age and you have a severe and permanent physical disability which prevents you from using conventional bus services.

Persons with a temporary disability and children under the age of two are not eligible.

How to apply for a TaxiCard

To apply, or to request further information about the scheme:

Supporting documentation

When applying for a TaxiCard you will need to provide:

  • Proof of age (if you're applying under the category of "you are 65 years of age and you have a severe and permanent physical disability which prevents you from using conventional bus services")
  • Proof of eligibility (if you are applying under any other category) - This should be a benefit award letter dated within the last 12 months
  • A passport-sized photo (if you don't have a National Entitlement Card)

Available discounts

Taxi discounts

  • for journeys costing up to £10: the passenger pays one half of the normal fare
  • for journeys costing over £10: the passenger pays the full fare less £5

Up to three companions are entitled to travel with the TaxiCard holder, at no additional charge.

Rail discounts

TaxiCard holders are entitled to travel at half of the normal adult standard single, day return or saver fare on all rail services operating within and between Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen, and beyond to/from Nairn and Montrose. Please note that these discounted fares are only available from manned stations and on-train staff.

Holders of a Blind Persons TaxiCard travel free on rail services operating within the boundary of the national travel scheme.

TaxiCard Conditions 

TaxiCards remain the property of Aberdeenshire Council and are subject to the conditions of use outlined in the application process and TaxiCard User Guide, which is issued to TaxiCard holders.

The Council reserves the right to alter the level and/or availability of TaxiCard travel concessions, by insertion of a public notice in local newspapers circulating within the area of the scheme, not less than 4 weeks before the date of any change.

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