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Concessionary Travel

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by Translink to advertise to senior citizens in receipt of the smart pass for free travel that there is a requirement to renew every five years. (99796)

Responsibility for advertising all aspects of the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme rests with the Department for Regional Development. In January 2007, the Department will launch an advertising campaign in newspaper and other media outlets, highlighting the need for customers to renew their SmartPass before the expiry date printed on the front of their cards. In addition, all customers will be contacted by post three months before the expiry of their SmartPass, detailing the steps they need to take to obtain a replacement.