OAPS and disabled people get FREE travel in electric vehicles instead of taking the bus in Milton Keynes

Older people will be able to enjoy free rides in electric vehicles as part of a council bid to save the planet in Milton Keynes.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:51 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:51 am

All those who hold a concessionary bus pass, including disabled people, can travel on certain routes in a ViaVan, which currently runs an Uber-style service for shared rides in MK.

The move is part of a trial by the council to determine whether shared ride services could complement MK’s bus network.

It will apply only to specific journeys in areas of Emerson Valley, Furzton and Tattenhoe.

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Councillor Martin Gowans, Cabinet member for transport, believes electric powered shared rides could be the way forward to help people get around the borough.

He approved the trial with ViaVan to accept concessionary bus passes as payment on journeys.

ViaVan currently runs a shared ride service across MK using a fleet of electric Mercedes Vito eTourers.

Non-concessionary pass holders will be able to enjoy cheaper travel too, as VioVan will cap its normal fare in the pilot areas during the trial at £2.50.

ViaVan's fleet of electric Mercedes Vito eTourers

Councillor Gowans said: “This is another example of how we’re taking action on climate change and looking to widen options for public transport. The trial will help us understand if this could enhance our existing concessionary bus services.

“Together with Milton Keynes Council, we are excited to expand public transport options in Milton Keynes with on-demand, electric shared rides,” said Chris Snyder, ViaVan CEO. “ViaVan and Milton Keynes Council share the belief that technology can help create smarter, more sustainable public transport options, and this service is the next step towards that future.”

In the trial, concessionary pass holders will simply book their travel via an app or by telephone.

Passengers can book through an app