Kent 16+ Travel Card
The Kent 16+ Travel Card (K16+TC) is part of KCC’s post 16 education transport policy, which aims to fulfil the Authority’s responsibility to ensure full participation in education and training for students up to the age of 18. The scheme is discretionary and was introduced in September 2012 after the removal of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and introduction of the Government’s new 16-19 Bursary scheme, which is paid directly to schools and colleges.
The scheme was reviewed by KCC in light of changes to national legislation which demands that children remain in some form of learning beyond year 11. As a consequence, from September 2014, the cost of the pass was reduced to £400 from the previous cost of £520.
Kent County Council subsidises the K16+TC to enable the holder to access unlimited bus travel in Kent (and on direct bus services crossing the county boundary e.g. to Medway and East Sussex) at any time including evenings, weekends and holidays.
The cost of an annual bus service season ticket, if purchased directly from a bus company, can be more than £750 a year and would normally be valid on that company’s services only. The K16+TC is valid on most participating bus company services. The maximum cost to a learner is £400 but participating learning providers can use 16-19 Bursary Funding and other learner support funds to help learners with the cost and the guidance about the level of support that you might want to give is consistent with previous years.
How do I apply and when do I pay for the pass?
Following consultation on KCC’s Post 16 Transport Policy and feedback from schools and colleges, from June 2018 the application and payment process for the Kent 16+ Travel Card is changing. From June, applications and payment will be made direct to KCC and payment will be needed at the time of making the application.
By changing the process in this way we are able to respond to feedback from schools and colleges about the administrative burden of managing payment to KCC and at the same time improve processes for students / parents.
The change to process will ensure that applications can be made throughout the summer and not be reliant on staff being present at schools and colleges, making it easier to apply on time and more likely that students can get their passes for the start of the term. It also means that we are able to offer students / parents the opportunity to split the cost of the pass by buying two half year passes instead of having to buy a full years travel in one go which is consistent with our Young Person’s Travel Pass scheme.
The fact that these changes mean that the scheme is easier to administer also means that we can reduce the administration fee that we have to charge for refunds.
Applications can be made on line at kent.gov.uk/post16travel. Applicants will need to have all of the student’s information (including details of the establishment that they are going to attend), a passport style photo in the appropriate format and a credit or debit card for payment.
Alternatively it’s possible to print off an application form from the website and complete and return it with a passport photo and cheque or postal order (payable to Kent County Council) and send it to;
Kent 16+ Travel Card, Kent County Council, PO Box 441, Aylesford, ME6 9HJ.
|16+ Travel Card Pass Type||Duration||Cost|
|1st Half Year Pass||01/09/2018 to 01/03/2019||£200|
|2nd Half Year Pass||25/02/2019 to 31/08/2019||£200|
|Full Year Pass||01/09/2018 to 31/08/2019||£400|
What happens next ?
Applications for passes for September can be made from 4th June. Colleagues in our Public Transport department will shortly circulate the scheme literature and related technical detail which you can use to publicise the scheme to students and make them aware of when and how to apply.