OLDER people in Gloucestershire should be able to use their bus passes before 9.30am, a county councillor has urged.
Councillor Tracy Millard (L, Tuffley) is concerned that older people in the county are being turned away by bus drivers who will not accept their passes before 9.30am.
Gloucestershire County Council recently renegotiated a concessionary fares agreement with Stagecoach but older people will not be able to use their bus passes before 9.30am.
Ms Millard fears that older people are missing vital medical appointments. She said: “We have a situation where older people are being refused entry on buses just minutes before they are allowed to use their bus pass. This is unacceptable and frankly disrespectful to the elderly people who often have medical appointments early in the morning.
“Older people are not asking for much. They should be able to use their passes in the morning.”