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Getting Out & About
There are at least four main requirements for getting around.
Blue Badges are available from the Town Hall but they take time to process so be prepared to wait. You will also need to provide a passport size photograph with your application. However it is illegal to use the badge without the disabled person being in the car. North Somerset Council does allow parking on some yellow lines but you must display a blue clock with your blue badge. A charge is made at some council car parks so always check when parking.
Bus and Train Passes are available from the Town Hall. Some buses have a lowered step to enable easy access, please check with the bus operator. In our region bus passes allow disabled people and those over sixty free travel on all routes. The local council offices will have an application form which will need a photograph. Train Passes are available from most mainline stations.
Wheelchairs can be hired from most disability shops, The red cross also from Southmead hospital, this will require a GP referral, but be aware there may be a long waiting list. It is possible to hire motorised chairs to make it easier on the carer.
Shopmobility is available locally in the Sovereign Centre 01934 420 410,and in most towns.
Radar Key is a handy key to have as it enables you access council and some disabled toilets in shops. This key is available from the Tourist Board and disabled equipment shops, there is a charge for this key.