RYEDALE teenagers will benefit from a new discount card for 16 to 18 year olds.

The Go Card, launched by East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS), gives young people 20 per cent off bus fares in Hull and East and North Yorkshire.

Similar to London Oyster Cards, the cards can be topped up with credit to buy tickets on all East Yorkshire and Scarborough and District service buses with an automatic discount.

The new cheaper fares for young people follow requests made to EYMS from local youth groups. EYMS chairman Peter Shipp said: “Older teenagers travel a lot by bus, and they tell us our services can be a lifeline to help them get to college, work, apprenticeships, or to meet friends.

“As a lot of young people are in full-time education or low-paid jobs, they struggle to afford bus fares. We hope the new Go Card will help them to make the most of the opportunities our bus services offer, and give them more freedom so they don’t have to rely on lifts from parents.”

Young people can apply for the Go Card at yms.co.uk, or can get an application form by phoning BusLine on 01482 592929.