Pensioners bus passes may be invalid

PUBLISHED: 10:38 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:39 04 July 2013

Number 157 arrives in Otterton ready to pit against the runners in the annual  Beat the Bus event on Wednesday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2225-26-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Number 157 arrives in Otterton ready to pit against the runners in the annual Beat the Bus event on Wednesday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2225-26-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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County bosses are appealing to pensioners in the Exmouth area to get in touch because thousands may be without a valid pass.

Devon County Council reissued almost 175,000 passes direct to registered addresses in the county earlier this year.

Passes were re-issued without residents needing to re-apply unless their address or photo needed updating.

However, around 4,000 passes have been returned as undeliverable.

The county council is now trying to reunite the passes with their owners who may have moved to another part of the county but not contacted the county council with an updated address since April 1. Passes will be forwarded onto their new address free of charge.

Councillor Stuart Hughes said: “Some residents may not yet realise their old pass has expired and is no longer valid.

“Devon County Council would very much like to unite National Bus Passes with the rightful owner as soon as possible so their entitlement to concessionary travel can resume.”

If you, a relative or neighbour used to have a National Bus Pass but have not received a new one, please contact nationalbuspass@devon.gov.uk or call 01392 383688 / 01271 383688.

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