Fri, 04/07/2008

All Canberra residents over the age of 75 are now able to travel free on ACTION services by applying for the new Gold Pass.

The Gold Pass initiative commenced on July 1 and is linked to the existing older drivers' awareness program where it is recommended that drivers over 75 consider their driving circumstances.

The objective of the scheme is to encourage drivers to consider surrendering their drivers licences, where they are no longer able to drive safely, by providing free travel on ACTION buses.

It is however in no way a requirement that those over 75 surrender their driver's licence in order to be eligible to receive the Gold Pass. However, it is hoped that this initiative will make travel on ACTION buses a viable alternative.

The Gold Pass will contain the same identification details as a drivers licence and should be able to substitute for a licence as a proof of ID.

To apply for a Gold Card, ACT residents who are 75 and over need to go to an ACT Government shopfront or the Civic Library and complete the application form. The form is also available on line at Forms may also be obtained by ringing Mary Porter's office on 6205 0100.

Applicants will need to provide proof of identity, proof of age and proof of ACT residency. There are a wide range of documents that may be used to establish an applicant's proof of entitlement.

"This is a great initiative to allow older Canberrans to maintain their independence and a small way for the ACT Government to recognise the contribution that they have made our city," Mary Porter commented.