Comments made about the new 3in1 card fee
I think it is terrible that we have to pay £50 for a card which
only gets us half price or 1/4 discount of bus fares. Its wrong, we
use the bus services to get to our place of education, we should be
expected to pay £50 to get a discount card which wont have much
affect on the bus fare prices for the first year of owning it!
I agree with all the comments regarding the 3 in 1 card, in the
current age of increasing cost of living, is the card even
affordable at £50.
I feel it is excellent that West Sussex County Council has a
procedure in-place for discounted student travel, but why is it not
competative with the rest of the UK.
Simply by surfing the net, I have found similar cards in West
Yorkshire that cost only £2.00.
Bearing in mind, those who choose to live in West Sussex also
are having to pay more than the UK average in Council Tax rate.
As a sole earner for a family of 5 and someone who is not
eligible for any benefits, in my opinion West Sussex County Council
need to look at their pricing strategy.
Times are hard, why make them harder.
Is anyone reading these comments? WSCC should be providing these
cards for free or for a nominal sum of say £10 to cover admin
costs. I have 3 daughters so it will cost me £150 just for 3 years
for these cards - that doesn't even cover the full number of years
they need to catch the bus to secondary school. If they cost £50,
they should be valid for 5 years at least.
Response from Your Space
Thank you for your feedback, all comments are passed onto the
3in1 card team to colate for the future. They will respond to
you in due course.
Shame - Wayne Cure
Interestingly free school transport was removed a few years back
and the main members of the council who argued for such to be
removed used the, at the time, free 3-1 as their main argument!
Now a completely ridiculous price tag is with the card,
unbelievable. I wonder about the potential market for fake
Response from 3in1 card team below to
Thank you for your feedback.
West Sussex County Council currently provides nearly 10,000
eligible school age children with free school transport or help
with travelling costs.
With the financial pressures the County Council is facing, we
have had to make some difficult decisions about how we spend the
limited resources we have. Even with a fee, the 3in1 card can still
offer considerable savings on bus travel, especially if the card is
used to travel to school every day. The card can also be used on
buses at all times of the day, and on weekends and holidays, so it
represents better value for money the more often it is used.
Please note that children and young people from low income
families do not have to pay the application fee.
In addition to the other benefits, 3in1 cards also feature the
official CitizenCard proof of age (it currently costs £15 to
purchase CitizenCards separately). The PASS hologram signifies that
the card is genuine - government and police advise that only PASS
cards and photo-driving licences should be used as proof of
The fee is disgusting - Anonymous
I am disgusted that we now have to pay £50 for the 3
in 1 card in order that our school age daughter can continue to pay
a child fare and that it takes 4 - 6 weeks to arrive. My daughter
has had a card and uses it to get home from school. No reminder was
sent to me and as she has turned 16 we now face 4 - 6 weeks waiting
for a replacement. Were we living in Brighton or London the child
fares and passes would be much more heavily subsidised. Yet again
we pay the penalty for living in an outlying rural area....there is
no other way for a child to get out of Woodmancote independently.
Meanwhile the vast majority of bus users are on free passes as they
are senior citizens and the buses are never more than a quarter
£50 for a 3in1 card - Georgie J
I feel that the new £50 fee is way to extravagant my
mum will not be able to pay for this, and it is an unnecessary
amount. I feel if there is an amount to be charged then this should
be a lot lower then £50. I gaurentee there will be a dramatic
fall in the amount of people using these cards now which I
fell is a shame as I was one of the people using them.
I strongly reccomend that you reconsider the price of
the card, and hope you and everyone reading this will agree and
help to reduce this cost of the cards!
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Make it something reasonably affordable - Leticia
I do not agree with the new fee of the 3-1 card. I had one and I
unfortunately lost it but luckily it was near the end date, I was
expecting to get a new one as I am nearly 17. Passports alone are
£95, and they are crucial and I think this price for a student card
is shocking as not every family can afford this. You want us to use
more public transport when you charge this price for a 'discount'
card. Train fee's have risen as well so this tops up to the
economical fees everyone has to face. My mum works full time and I
do not expect her to pay this for my student card. I would pay it
myself but also, getting a job these days is not easy. If you
really feel the need to price the card, at least make it £30
cheaper, to £20, something is reasonably affordable.
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I do feel that the fee of £50 is disappointing. When I was at
school, we got our 3 in 1 card for free and now to renew it you
need to pay £50. I feel it's disgusting especially when some of us
don't have jobs because we can't find one. I won't be re-applying
for one as it'll be of no use to me anyway. Very disappointed!
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3 in 1 card - An Inefficient Rip Off
How can it be that with no free school transport I have to pay
£100 for 3-in-1 cards on top of bus fares for my 2 daughters to get
to school...what is more the cards take so long to process that you
end up paying full fare qwhilst you wait unless you apply and pay
for them 2 months in advance of the current ones expiring!! When my
2 cards FINALLY arrived they had duplicated one of my daughter's
cards so the other daughter was left without, more full fares!!
Highly inefficient, long winded process, is this what we pay out
WSCC civil servants to do??
How come it takes a tenth of the time to process a (more
intricate) passport for the same sort of money? Outraged.
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I think that there should be more things to get discounts on
(ie. bowling allies, cinema, etc.), I looked through the list of
what I at my age could get discounts on, and came across only one
thing I would acctually attend if I even like it
when I have seen it...
My point is Worthing has become a very child and teen unfriendly
area where even where there is entertainment it is
very costly, which is a main reason why some
youth has turned to the streets.
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