Adult accompanying Oyster user with Disabled Railcard loaded

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faddy

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On my occasional visits to London, I travel on a Oyster card (payg) with my Disabled railcard loaded on it. The rules say that an adult travelling with me can travel on a child rate paper Travelcard.

I am reluctant to try this as I would anticipate them being challenged by tube and bus staff (particularly bus drivers), especially as I have an invisible disability. Anyone have experience of availing themselves of this rule?
 
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causton

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No experience, but I'd follow this plan:

a) Say/get them to say that they are travelling with you on a Disabled Railcard
b) If that doesn't please them, show them the railcard
c) If that doesn't please them, show them any other pass/documentation proving your disability if you have them
d) If you get to step C I would complain!
 

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The only time I have trouble with it is when the travelcard won't go through thegates and the staff are not.aware of the concession, thus cue a highly embarrassing time being asked proff of age when the person accompanying you is in there mid 30's.

However if you take a print out of the relevant page from TfL's website that tends to stop any of the above pretty much as soon as it starts.

I strongly suggest you take a print out or letter from TfL etc. with you just incase you find a less knowledgeable member of staff.

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Don't think we have tried it on the bus since they atualy started looking like they cared what ticket you have, so don't know about them.

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