The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is considering making changes to the NI Concessionary Fares Scheme. This Scheme provides free and discounted public transport for some groups of people, including older people and people with disabilities.
Before making any changes to the Scheme, DfI is undertaking a public consultation exercise. The consultation provides the opportunity for disabled people to have their say about the changes that might affect them. The consultation is expected to open in early June and will remain open for a period of 12 weeks. We will provide you with a link to the online consultation survey as soon as it is available on the DfI’s website.
IMTAC is supporting the consultation by coordinating a series of online focus groups on behalf of DfI. These focus groups will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from those leading the review process. Your views will contribute directly to the consultation exercise.
These events are being organised to allow disabled people the chance to have their say on the proposals. However, DfI are also engaging with older people as part of the consultation process. You can contact us to express an interest in attending an event for older people and we will pass your details on to the DfI team leading the consultation who will contact you directly.
The events are taking place on the following dates:
Tuesday 13th June (2pm - 3.30pm) – Online using ZOOM
Friday 30th June (10.30am - 12.30pm) – Online using ZOOM
If you are interested in attending one of the above, please contact Michael Lorimer to register by 12th June 2023. After that, we will send you the details on how to join the videocall on the day. Please include the following information when you register with us:
· Which event you are registering for
· Whether you are attending as a member of the public or on behalf of an organisation
· Whether you have any requirements for communication support.
You can contact us via
· Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or
· Phone on 028 9072 6020
Space is limited, so book early to secure a place. If you are unable to attend one of the events, you can still have your say by completing DfI’s online survey, which will be available on the Department’s website as soon as the consultation launches.