Discounts on buses, in shops and in leisure outlets are being promised to East Sussex youngsters using a pioneering identity card in the county.
The 3i-D card was developed by East Sussex Youth Cabinet in association with East Sussex County Council, Citizen Card and bus providers in the county. It is now accessible to more young people after being backed by libraries.
The card allows 11 to 19-year-olds who live, work or study in the county to prove their age and claim some reduced bus travel on Stagecoach services and discounts in shops and leisure outlets.
East Sussex libraries are now promoting 3i-D and are able to approve applications for them, opening the scheme up to more young people.
The card is also now being made available, free of charge, to youngsters aged 11 to 19 in possession of an i-go card, which allows greater access to leisure activities for disabled young people.
The Youth Cabinet’s transport campaign group had identified promotion and expanding the reach of the 3i-D card as one it its top issues and changes were launched at an event at Eastbourne Library.
Jack Foley, 14-year-old Youth Cabinet member for Wealden said: “I really enjoyed the launch because there were so many interesting people that were very supportive. This makes the card more widely known and accessible among young people.”
The card, launched in December 2013, previously relied on individual schools registering to support the scheme, which makes cards available for a one-off charge of £12.
The card which is available in two versions, one for under-16s and the other for 16 to 19-year-olds, is already offered free to young people from families entitled to free school meals.
The under-16 card ensures youngsters can claim child fares on all East Sussex bus routes through all companies, while the card for 16 to 19-year-olds offers child fares for off-peak travel during the week, at weekends and on Bank Holidays on Stagecoach buses.
Cllr Sylvia Tidy, East Sussex County Council lead member for children and families, said: “The 3i-D card has been a great success in allowing young people to prove their age and claim the discounts they’re entitled to with one handy card.
“These changes, which will make the card accessible to a greater number of people, are the result of more hard work by the Youth Cabinet.”
More information and details of how to sign up for a 3i-D card are available online at www.3i-d.co.uk or by contacting the Information for Families service on 0345 60 80 192.