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Coronnavirus: Assistance cards for public transport users in West Yorkshire

Coronnavirus: Assistance cards for public transport users in West Yorkshire

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 30th June 2020.

Assistance cards are now available for people exempt from wearing face coverings on public transport in West Yorkshire.  

  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority has created assistance cards for people exempt from wearing face coverings on public transport.
  • The cards can be downloaded and printed off.  
  • Passengers are being reminded to observe travel restrictions.  

The cards have been created by West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Children under 11 and those with disabilities or breathing difficulties are exempt from wearing face coverings.  

Feedback from bus and rail operators suggest that around 75% of people are wearing face coverings on bus and rail - and the Combined Authority is continuing to urge all who can to observe the rules in consideration of other passengers and transport staff.

It is also asking people using public transport to be aware that some fellow passengers may legitimately not be wearing a face covering.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: 

"Following new Government guidance, everyone must now wear a face covering while using on public transport unless they are exempt.

"To make it easier for staff to know who should and shouldn't wear a face covering, we have introduced a new assistance card that customers will be able to download and carry with them or display on their mobile phone. '

"We hope this will provide support to a number of different groups, including those with hidden conditions, to communicate their exemption to transport staff."

The assistance cards can be downloaded here.

For those without internet access, cards can be obtained by post by phoning Metroline on 0113 245 7676 or in person by visiting a Metro Travel Centres.