CONDITIONS OF ISSUE AND USE

Updated for 1 March 2016

RAIL STAFF TRAVEL NATIONAL FACILITIES (CARDS AND PASSES): BY APPLYING FOR AND USING ANY TRAVEL FACILITIES, YOU AGREE TO ABIDE BY THESE CONDITIONS OF ISSUE AND USE

Section 1: GENERAL

1. It is the employee’s decision whether or not to apply for travel facilities for an entitled family member; and it is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that such family members also abide by the conditions of use.
2. To check any entitlement, visit www.atoc.org/rst or contact RSTL. In all cases, some element of proof of eligibility will be required.
3. All active employees and entitled family members over the age of 16 must have an individual (public) Photo Identity Card, which must be shown on demand in conjunction with any other cards or passes used for leisure or residential travel. These are obtainable free of charge from most stations.
4. All staff travel facilities cards and passes are issued for the sole use of the bearer. They are not transferable under any circumstances.
5. All travel using staff travel facilities is subject at all times to the National Conditions of Carriage.
6. All travel using staff travel facilities is subject to the Facility Rules.
7. All travel using staff travel facilities is additionally subject to any restrictions which are published online at www.atoc.org/rst .
8. When travelling, priority should be given to fare-paying passengers so whenever possible, please travel on lightly-loaded trains. If a train is crowded, you should allow fare-paying passengers to take seats. If entitled to and travelling in 1st class on former Inter-City services, you may be asked by on-board staff to vacate your seat for a fare-paying passenger, and you are expected to do so. However, if you are retired or a widow(er), you should not be asked to surrender your seat in these circumstances.
9. Once entitlement to staff travel facilities ceases, all cards and passes must be returned immediately to the issuing office.
10. Loss or theft of, or damage to, any cards or passes must be reported immediately to the issuing office.
11. Postal loss (ie non-receipt by an individual after a card or pass has been issued by RSTL) is only accepted as a reason for replacement free of charge within 3 months of issue. For example, for a Staff Travel Card valid from 1 April and issued by 31 March, postal loss attributable to RSTL must be identified by 30 June. Beyond that date, a replacement fee is due.  If the card to be replaced has "boxes", these will be reisssued on a pro-rata basis.
12. Replacements can be ordered using Form 1610: a fee may be payable and a new photo may be required.
13. Any unauthorised use of travel facilities will be classed as a Travel Irregularity, and may result in the withdrawal of facilities, the dismissal of the employee, and/or legal proceedings against the employee and/or a family member and the user, as appropriate.
14. If you are applying for any cards or passes for which a photo is required, this can be uploaded directly via the website – see the link in the left menu bar.
15. Where travel facilities are issued by surface mail, these are normally sent by 2nd class post. Please therefore allow sufficient time when making applications (there are reminders on the forms). In emergencies, you can pay to have cards or passes sent by special delivery, but bear in mind that you will need to be in to sign for such a delivery.

16. Whenever we request copies of documents (birth/marriage/death certificates, payslips) please do not send originals.  You can send scans by email, or photocopies by post. 

17. By applying for and using any rail staff travel facilities, you authorise RSTL to use your personal/family data for the purposes of providing rail staff travel facilities.

18. When making any declaration, please be aware that the circumstances described must be true, and there could be serious consequences should the facts declared be less than wholly accurate.

 

Section 2: SAFEGUARDED LEISURE TRAVEL IN THE UK

1. Leisure travel facilities in the UK for safeguarded staff are delivered principally by the Staff Travel Card (one per entitled person, ie there are no family cards).
2. Staff Travel Cards are pre-printed to indicate services and routes on which they may or may not be used.
3. In addition some senior safeguarded staff are entitled to a Status Pass, which likewise is overprinted to indicate the extent of its use.
4. Staff Travel Cards permit privilege rate and, in some cases, free leisure-only travel. They must not be used for residential, duty, business or trading purposes.
5. However they may be used to purchase privilege-rate tickets for travel between a temporary place of residence and place of employment for a period not exceeding 14 days.
6. To obtain free leisure travel, the boxes printed on the Staff Travel Card are used, as follows:
a. Before commencing a free journey, the day and month of the journey must be entered in ink in the first (or next available) pair of boxes on the card (marked as “DAY” and “MTH”). Use Arabic numerals, with zero in front of single digits ie 07/08 for 7 August.
b. Each dated pair of boxes allows free travel on that day, and up to midnight on the following day, and from 22h00 on the preceding day. In other words a card dated 7 August allows journeys from 22h00 on 6 August up to 24h00 on 8 August, 50 hours in total.
c. During that 50-hour period, travel does not have to be continuous: any number of broken journeys may be undertaken.
d. Alterations to the date entered are not permitted under any circumstances; and dates must also not be overwritten. This is clearly indicated on the Staff Travel Card. If you make a mistake, that allocation of free travel is forfeited, the error must be blocked out, and the correct date entered in the next pair of boxes.
e. This is the most common type of Travel Irregularity and is very easily avoidable by taking care before starting to use the card.
f. If a card is being used without a box being dated, Revenue Protection Staff will cancel the next available pair of boxes and require the holder to date and use the following box.
g. If a card is being used with the wrong date entered, Revenue Protection Staff will cancel the next available pair of boxes and require the holder to date and use the following box.
h. If there are no empty boxes left, any attempt to travel free will be classed as a Travel Irregularity.
7. Although the free travel year runs from 1 April to 31 March, Staff Travel Cards are valid for 15 months, ie 1 April to the following 30 June.
8. New cards are issued each 1 April, so for 3 months of the year, holders will have two valid staff travel cards. Either card may be used to obtain privilege-rate leisure travel.
9. Boxes unused by 31 March on the card about to expire may still be used up to 30 June for free leisure journeys.
10. Once the allocation of free travel has been used up, reduced rate privilege tickets may be purchased on presentation of the Staff Travel Card at ticket offices.
11. Staff Travel Cards replaced part-way through the travel year may be subject to a pro-rata reduction of the number of boxes.
12. Initial facilities for an employee must always be authorised by the employer.
13. Thereafter, to apply for leisure travel facilities for family members, use Form 1602.

Section 3: NON- SAFEGUARDED LEISURE TRAVEL IN THE UK (TOC STAFF ONLY)

1. Leisure travel facilities in the UK for non-safeguarded TOC staff are delivered principally by the TOC Privilege Card (one per entitled person, ie there are no family cards).
2. The TOC Privilege Card allows the holder to purchase reduced rate privilege tickets for leisure travel.
3. Where ticket-issuing facilities are available and in working order, tickets must be purchased prior to travel.
4. However if there are no ticket-issuing facilities prior to departure, tickets should be purchase on board (or at the destination).
5. Privilege rate tickets purchased with a TOC Privilege Card must not be used for residential, duty, business or trading purposes.
6. However such tickets may be used for travel between a temporary place of residence and place of employment for a period not exceeding 14 days.
7. The TOC Privilege travel year run from 1 July to 30 June. New cards are issued in June.
8. Initial facilities for an employee must always be authorised by the employer.
9. Thereafter, to apply for leisure travel facilities for family members, use Form 1602.

Section 4: SAFEGUARDED RESIDENTIAL TRAVEL IN THE UK

1. Residential travel facilities in the UK for safeguarded staff are delivered principally by the Privilege Season Ticket.
2. The Privilege Season Ticket allows the holder to travel on National Rail and London Underground services. Its use is therefore additionally subject to Transport for London regulations.
3. The following special conditions also apply to its use, and in any instances of conflicting advice, these special conditions take precedence.
4. The Privilege Season Ticket must be supported by a Photo Identity Card at all times, ie when being purchased and when being used.
5. The Privilege Season Ticket may only be used by the person in whose name it is issued, and in the class of carriage specified.
6. Privilege Season Tickets may be purchased for entitled dependants of employees but must not be used for commuting to work. They may, however, be used for travel to and from an educational establishment as specified at the time of application.
7. National Rail and London Underground reserve the right to cancel, or refuse to issue or to renew, a Privilege Season Ticket.
8. The minimum period for a Privilege Season Ticket is one month, and the maximum is one year.
9. If the holder of a Privilege Season Ticket ceases, during the period of validity, to require it for the purpose for which it was issued (eg as a result of change of residence or duties, or leaving service) or if the holder ceases to be eligible for any reason for a Privilege Season Ticket, the ticket must be surrendered immediately to RSTL.  Apply for a refund using Form 1611.
10. If a Privilege Season Ticket is used in contravention of any of the foregoing, it will be classed as a Travel Irregularity and handled accordingly.
11. Additionally, an on-the-spot charge of a Penalty Fare, or the full ordinary fare for the class of carriage used for the particular journey (according to circumstances) will be charged, as if no payment had been made for the ticket.
12. Any free mileage entitlement may be enabled by the issue of a Residential Pass (point to point). RSTL will issue the right cards and passes for your circumstances.
13. To apply for any Residential travel, use Form 1601.

Section 5: NON-SAFEGUARDED RESIDENTIAL TRAVEL IN THE UK (TOC STAFF ONLY)

1. Residential travel facilities in the UK for non-safeguarded staff are delivered by the Reduced Rate Season Ticket.
2. The Reduced Rate Season Ticket allows the holder to travel only on the services of the TOCs which participate in a reciprocal arrangement for this purpose.
3. The Reduced Rate Season Ticket is not valid on services operated by London Underground services.
4. Staff of London Underground who are new entrants (ie joined service after 1 April 1996) are therefore not eligible to purchase a Reduced Rate Season Ticket.
5. The Reduced Rate Season Ticket is issued subject to the conditions which apply to ordinary (public) season tickets.
6. The following special conditions also apply to its use, and in any instances of conflicting advice, these special conditions take precedence.
7. The Reduced Rate Season Ticket must be supported by a Photo Identity Card at all times, ie when being purchase and when being used.
8. The Reduced Rate Season Ticket may only be used by the person in whose name it is issued, and in the class of carriage specified.
9. Reduced Rate Season Tickets may be purchased for entitled dependants of employees but must not be used for commuting to work. They may, however, be used for travel to and from an educational establishment as specified at the time of application.
10. RSTL reserves the right to cancel, or refuse to issue or to renew, a Reduced Rate Season Ticket.
11. The minimum period for a Reduced Rate Season Ticket is one month, and the maximum is one year.
12. The Reduced Rate Season Ticket is an additional benefit to the TOC New Entrant Leisure Travel Arrangement, which is subject to annual rolling review by the participating TOCs. The current arrangement runs to 30 June 2018.
13. If the holder of a Reduced Rate Season Ticket ceases, during the period of validity, to require it for the purpose for which it was issued (eg as a result of change of residence or duties, or leaving service) or if the holder ceases to be eligibility for any reason for a Reduced Rate Season Ticket, the ticket must be surrendered immediately to RSTL. Apply for a refund using Form 1611.
14. If a Reduced Rate Season Ticket is used in contravention of any of the foregoing, it will be classed as a Travel Irregularity and handled accordingly.
15. Additionally, an on-the-spot charge of a Penalty Fare, or the full ordinary fare for the class of carriage used for the particular journey (according to circumstances) will be charged, as if no payment had been made for the ticket.
16. To apply for a Reduced Rate Season Ticket, use Form 1601.


Section 6: INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

1. Reciprocal arrangements for free and reduced rate travel for staff of the principal national railways of Europe, and for certain minor and/or private railways, are co-ordinated by a group called FIP, which is the staff travel division of the UIC.
2. In addition, some non-FIP Administrations also allow concessionary travel (but usually only for safeguarded staff).
3. All these Administrations are listed on www.atoc.org/rst.
4. FIP Administrations generally give concessions both to the legally married spouses of staff and to partners.
5. Non-FIP Administrations generally give concessions only to the legally married spouses of staff, and not to partners.
6. However it remains the responsibility of the employee to confirm any eligibility for dependants before travel (by contacting the normal travel facilities administrator).
7. International travel facilities are delivered principally by the International Reduced Rate Card (for privilege rate travel) and by International Coupon Tickets (for free travel).
8. For free travel, normally one coupon per participating Administration per year is allowed, although some more generous arrangements also exist.
9. However, there is not a separate FIP quota of free travel per country for employees and dependants separately: the quota is calculated on a family basis. Therefore if an employee travels once without dependants, he or she may not have another free journey with dependants; and nor may any dependants take a free journey without the employee, in that same year.
10. The FIP year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
11. If an employee has unused coupon quota towards the end of the calendar year, this can be used at any time in the first 3 months of the following year (ie between 1 January and 31 March) PROVIDED that the application is received by RSTL by 20 December.
12. If unused quota is available, RSTL will automatically apply this benefit. If no quota is left for the year just ending, travel from 1 January will be taken from that following year’s quota.
13. If an application is received after 21 December, it will be treated as if it had been received after 1 January, even if there was unused quota in the year just ending.
14. Each coupon is valid for travel in the country in question (subject to any restrictions, as usual) as follows: 4 occasions of travel, each of up to 48 hours, comprising the day on which the coupon is first stamped and up to midnight on the following day.
15. If a coupon has been used on a railway adjoining or bordering the railway of issue, it may not be used again for any further journeys on this railway after the return journey has been made to the issuing railway (ie in this case, the UK). For the avoidance of doubt, adjoining railways are those which are linked to ATOC/GBPR by another FIP member, including ferries and Eurostar. Therefore the adjoining railways are SNCF, SNCB, NS, NIR, CIE (France, Belgium, Holland, N. Ireland, Republic of Ireland) but not Denmark or Norway. Part-used coupons for non-adjoining countries may therefore still be used up.
16. In planning a journey, it is the responsibility of the employee to establish which countries and administrations are involved and hence what entitlement to free or reduced rate travel can be expected.
17. The correct coupons to cover the journey must be obtained from RSTL before departure.
18. Coupons are valid for 3 months from the date of issue.
19. Coupons are issued c. 2 weeks prior to travel.
20. To allow for the administration involved, possible queries, booking peaks at busy times of the year, possible delays at the employer’s end, and possible postal delays, International Coupon applications MUST be received at RSTL no later than 3 weeks prior to the date of travel.
21. Later applications will be processed as quickly as possible, and RSTL will always try to help (eg for emergencies such as travel to a funeral).  However we cannot guarantee that an application can be dealt with in a shorter time.  Remember you will always have your FIP card to support your travel plans.
22. Once you have received your coupons, please keep them in a safe place as FIP Regulations do not allow us to replace lost or stolen coupons.
23. Duty Coupons are provided separately and are not subject to quota.
24. International reduced rate tickets not available from RSTL, but are bookable through our UK agent, International Rail Ltd.
25. They can issue international reduced rate tickets, and full fare tickets for other members of the party, from frontier to frontier, from frontier to major interchange station, for cross-channel travel, for Eurostar, plus reservations on most train services.
26. Where a group is travelling, one employee can apply on behalf of the party.
27. IRL can provide a quote for the itinerary in advance of a firm booking - visit www.bookmyrst.co.uk.
28. IRL will also deal with enquiries by email (sales@bookmyrst.co.uk), or by telephone on 0871 559 1075 (10p per minute).
29. Payment for travel booked through IRL must be made to them directly.
30. The forms you may need are as follows:
a. International Coupon Ticket or new International Reduced Rate Card: Form 1609
b. Duty Coupons: Form 1608.


Section 7: ELIGIBILITY

7a: Self

1. If you are required to produce evidence of ongoing ill-health or unemployment in order to retain your facilities, a declaration of continued eligibility must be made annually and signed by a solicitor/commissioner for oaths, if appropriate.
2. You must have been continuously unemployed since leaving the rail employment which gave rise to your entitlement.
3. If the form is not returned, RSTL will assume that facilities are no longer required.
4. To make the declaration, use Form 1607.
5. If you are registered as blind, partially-sighted or disabled and therefore need help when travelling, appropriate documentary evidence must be provided (but usually only once, ie when entering this category). Such evidence could be provided by your doctor, or by your being in receipt of an appropriate benefit payment. (Holding a Blue Badge is not necessarily in itself appropriate evidence, as the qualification criteria are different.)  Your card or pass can then be endorsed to permit a companion to travel with you.

GUIDANCE ON COMPLETING FORM 1607

You can either provide documentary evidence of your circumstances yourself, or if this is unavailable, you can make a sworn statement as to your circumstances.

What documentary evidence is required (Section A on the form)?

HMRC or the DWP may be able to provide written confirmation that you have been unemployed and have no earned income of any kind.  Any such statement must refer to the appropriate fiscal year (typically the most recent) and it should be dated within the last 3 months.

A statement from your doctor confirming that you have not worked owing to ill health is also acceptable.

Do you always need to have the declaration form sworn (Section B on the form)?

Yes, if you cannot produce documentary evidence in order to complete Section A.  Your solicitor (or equivalent official) will then be required to supply valid reasons for your unsupported statement.

Who can swear or witness this form?

This form must be witnessed by, and declared in front of, one of the below:

• A solicitor authorised to act as a Commissioner for Oaths and regulated by the Law Society
• A Commissioner for Oaths
• A Notary Public (listed by the Notaries Society)

Any fees incurred in the creation of this Declaration must be borne by the Employee.

7b: Spouses & Partners

1. Legally married spouses of either gender are entitled to facilities from the same day as the staff member’s entitlement begins.
2. Partners who are living together (either gender) in a relationship must make an Initial Statutory Declaration to this effect.
3. If any kind of relationship ceases (ie the link to, or dependency on, the employee ceases) entitlement to travel facilities also ceases, and all cards and passes must be returned to the issuing office immediately.
4. Any subsequent spouse or partner cannot receive any cards or passes until all cards and passes held by the former spouse or partner are returned, or have expired.
5. To make the declaration, use Form 1603.

GUIDANCE ON COMPLETING FORM 1603 NEW PARTNER DECLARATION
SOLICITORS & staff must read these Guidance Notes before completing this form
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You do NOT need to complete this form if your partnership is evidenced by:
• a standard registered British marriage or civil partnership certificate, ie as recognised by UK law
• a certificate of a marriage which took place outside the UK but is clearly an official registered document from that country (containing a serial number and official stamp/seal), which would be recognised by UK law (eg married in France) – note that you have to supply a formal translation at your own expense.

You DO need to complete it in respect of a marriage or partnership demonstrated by other means, eg:
• Cohabiting couples
• Marriage/civil partnership certificate is in English but is not the standard UK registered form
• Marriage/civil partnership took place in the UK but the certificate is not in English
• Marriage/civil partnership took place outside the UK and the certificate is not in English

What documentary proof of residence is acceptable?
An official independent document linking an individual to the declared address, such as:
• Utility bill (gas, electricity, water, fixed phone line)
• UK bank or building society account statement*
• UK Mortgage, Life Assurance, Investment or Pension statement
• Council or Housing AssociationTenancy agreement
• Cohabitation agreement
• Credit or debit card statement*/Credit Union statement
• Copy of the electoral roll/Council Tax bill
• UK full driving licence
• HMRC statement or tax document
• House/buildings insurance policy
• Notification from Benefits/other Government Agency eg DWP, Job Centre Plus, Local Authority
• TV licence
*NOTE: if multiple bank or payment statements are used, they must be from different sources. Three statements from the same account number do not count as 3 pieces of evidence.
What kind of documents are NOT acceptable?
• Passport (because addresses can be amended by hand)
• Mobile phone statement
• Store card account statement
• Medical appointment letter/card
• Anything without an address on it

One document showing both names (eg a joint tenancy agreement) may be listed twice, ie once by the employee and once by the partner. However each person must still supply three separate proofs of address.


SWEARING THE OATH:   Who can witness this form?
This form must be witnessed by, and declared in front of, one of the below:
• A solicitor authorised to act as a Commissioner for Oaths and regulated by the Law Society
• A Commissioner for Oaths
• A Notary Public (listed by the Notaries Society)
Any fees incurred in the creation of this Declaration must be borne by the Employee. This may include translation fees to satisfy the solicitor/Commissioner.


A SOLICITOR, NOTARY PUBLIC OR COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS SHOULD NOT WITNESS/COUNTERSIGN THIS FORM IF THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTARY PROOF HAS NOT BEEN SUPPLIED.

ANY ALTERATIONS MUST ALSO BE COUNTERSIGNED.

7c: Housekeepers

1. Facilities for housekeepers are always subject to the final approval of RSTL.
2. The employee must first be qualified to claim for a housekeeper, by being one of the following:
a. Married, but spouse is permanently incapacitated and unable to travel
b. Divorced, or separated pending divorce
c. Widowed
d. Single
3. The employee may then claim the status of housekeeper for a relative who is one of the following:
a. Mother or father
b. Daughter or son
c. Sister or brother
d. Step equivalents of the above, but no other relatives by marriage
4. The housekeeper must reside permanently with the employee, and must not keep house for any other person or household.
5. The housekeeper must not own the house in which (s)he and the employee reside.
6. The housekeeper must be financially dependent on the employee, but may be in receipt of a small income subject to a weekly limit which is reviewed each 1 April. Full disclosure of income must be made at time of the initial declaration.
7. The income limit effective 1 April 2016 is £155.65 per week (was £152.10 at 1.4.15).
8. Any income the housekeeper receives in respect of his/her children need not be declared.
9. For the avoidance of doubt, an employee can not claim travel facilities for a Spouse/Partner/Civil Partner AND a housekeeper.
10. To make the declaration and request facilities, use Form 1606.


7d: Dependant Children aged 4-15

1. Children under the age of 5 travel free on UK national rail.
2. In some FIP administrations, however, the qualifying age is 4.
3. Domestic facilities (cards and passes) can therefore be issued from age 4, if wished, to simplify obtaining a full set of travel documents in one transaction, rather than at intervals.
4. In order to demonstrate eligibility, ie a link to and dependency on a staff member, a full birth certificate is required, ie one that shows full parents’ details.
5. However if for any reason one is not available, and only a short birth certificate is held, this can be accepted provided it is accompanied and supplemented by a Statutory Declaration
6. To make the declaration, use Form 1604.
7. Note: it might be cheaper for you to obtain a full birth certificate than to swear a declaration.
8. Step-children (ie the biological children of an employee’s partner) are eligible provided the permanent place of residence is with the employee and that any contribution to upkeep from the other natural parent does not exceed the child weekly income limit.

GUIDANCE ON COMPLETING FORM 1604 NEW DEPENDANT CHILD WITH NO FULL BIRTH CERTIFICATE


SOLICITORS & staff must read these Guidance Notes before completing this form.
 

DEPENDANT CHILDREN
You do NOT need to complete this form if you can supply a full birth certificate for your child, ie showing your name as one of the parents.

Even if you do not already have a full birth certificate, it may be cheaper for you to obtain one rather than to pay the fee due to swear an oath.

You DO need to complete it if you only have a short birth certificate, ie not showing the parents’ names, or if your child is adopted, fostered, or is the subject of a Special Guardianship, Ward of Court or Residence Order (in which case the appropriate court documents should be supplied).
 

SWEARING THE OATH
Who can witness this form?
This form must be witnessed by, and declared in front of, one of the below:
• A solicitor authorised to act as a Commissioner for Oaths and regulated by the Law Society
• A Commissioner for Oaths
• A Notary Public (listed by the Notaries Society)

Any fees incurred in the creation of this Declaration must be borne by the Employee. This may include translation fees to satisfy the solicitor/Commissioner.
A SOLICITOR, NOTARY PUBLIC OR COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS SHOULD NOT WITNESS/COUNTERSIGN THIS FORM IF THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTARY PROOF HAS NOT BEEN SUPPLIED.
 

7e: Dependant Children aged 16 or over

1. When a dependant child (young person) reaches the age of 16, a Declaration confirming his/her status and eligibility must be made.
2. A declaration of continued eligibility must be made every two years thereafter up to the age of 25, then annually: RSTL will issue the appropriate form automatically (usually with the Staff Travel Card or TOC Priv card renewal) but the form is available at any time online.
3. If the form is not returned by the due date, RSTL will assume that facilities are no longer required.
4. The young person must be dependant on the employee and must also be:
a. Unmarried; and
b. Permanently living with the employee (or exceptionally the other natural parent but only if still fully and solely maintained by the employee); but
c. Not living with a partner in the parent’s home; or
d. Temporarily living away from home in connection with education/training.
5. In addition to the above, young people between the ages of 16 and 24 may be in receipt of small income subject to a weekly limit which is reviewed each 1 April.
6. The income limit effective 1 April 2016 is £131.70 (was £128.25 at 1.4.15).
7. In this context, income:
a. Includes state benefits, and any paid employment except when earned during vacation periods of not more than 3 months during continuous full-time further education (travel facilities must not be used for residential purposes in connection with such employment).
b. Includes the value of free board and lodging or meals when provided in connection with employment
c. Excludes scholarship or maintenance grants (including any sum paid for travel) or allowance for educational fees, purchase of books etc, paid by an educational authority in connection with further education.
d. Excludes any family allowance paid to the parent in respect of the child.
8. In addition to the above, young people aged 25 or over, in order to be eligible, must have been continuously unemployed since leaving full-time education, and be in receipt of no income or benefits whatsoever.
9. For the avoidance of doubt, once a young person has lost his/her travel facilities by taking up full-time employment, facilities cannot be regained simply by taking part-time employment instead in order to keep earnings below the income limit.
10. For the avoidance of doubt, once a young person has lost his/her travel facilities by leaving the parental home whatever the reason (subject to certain exceptions), facilities cannot be regained simply by returning to live with the parents.
11. However, if a young person having lost his/her travel facilities by taking up full-time employment then relinquishes that employment in order to return to full-time education,  facilities may be reinstated but subject to all other criteria (ie living at home, income limit if under 25, no income at all if aged 25 or over).
12. If the young person is permanently disabled (irrespective of age), has never been able to follow any employment, will never be able to do so, is eligible for benefits and this has been established and registered at RSTL, ongoing declarations are not required.
13. To make the declaration, use Form 1605.
14. RSTL reserves the right to make further enquiries about the status of any dependant child.

 


How to contact us

0800 652 1700

Email: rstl@atoc.org

Postal address: Rail Staff Travel, PO Box 72071, London EC1P 1JD