UUP Councillor Drew Ritchie has backed Transport Minister Danny Kennedy’s call for free public transport for the over 60s to be protected.
Alderman Ritchie said: “I fully support my party colleague and Transport Minister Danny Kennedy’s call for the concessionary travel scheme to be protected.
“The current threat to the concessionary travel scheme should be of deep concern to all of us.”
Ald. Ritchie said the free public transport pass for over 60s assists many older people in Northern Ireland in maintaining their independence and remaining active members of society.
“As a huge supporter of this scheme I am backing the Minister in his fight to see this scheme protected,” Ald. Ritchie said.
He added: “I am calling on the Executive to ensure that free public transport for the over 60s is allowed to continue.
“This scheme must be protected as it would have a devastating effect on many older people in our society - the people we should be doing everything in our power to support.”