This section gives you some useful hints on how to get where you want to go.
See links on the right for further info
Buses, coaches and trains run to other parts of the county and beyond. They run to a timetable and on specific routes only.
Many of you will be thinking about learning to drive. Having your own transport does give you freedom and independence, and often opens up more opportunities for work and leisure activities. However, it doesn’t come cheap and you will need to act responsibly.
|Legal issues to be aware of:|
|Before driving any car you must have a provisional or full driving licence for that type of vehicle|
|You can apply for a provisional driving licence for mopeds at 16 years and car and motorcycles at 17 years|
|Youngsters with mobility problems and who get Disability Living Allowance mobility component at the higher rate can apply for a car licence at 16.|
|You must display L plates and be supervised by someone who is at least 21 and who has held a full licence for that type of car for at least 3 years|
|You must have valid car insurance cover|
|You must ensure that your vehicle has a valid tax disc displayed at all times (whether or not the car is being used or kept on the road)|
|You must not drive a vehicle without an MOT certificate|
|You cannot book a driving/riding test until you have passed the theory test|
|After passing your theory test you have 2 years to pass the practical driving test|
|After passing your practical test it is advisable to display GREEN P plates for 6 months|
|New drivers who accumulate 6 penalty points in the first 2 years after passing their driving test WILL LOSE THEIR LICENCE..|
Loads of people are taking time out after school or college to travel more, and employers and university staff are beginning to appreciate the maturity and self reliance that this gives young people. Try gapyear.com www.gapyear.com for more info.
Travelling abroad can introduce you to new cultures and environments. It can be exhausting but fun and need not be too expensive. You can pick up some really cheap flights to all sorts of places, and there are special deals for coach and rail travel around Europe with the Eurolines and Inter-Rail card. If you are going further afield don’t forget that you may need to get ‘jabs’ in advance to protect you against some of the diseases you could contract.
There’s lots of good information and advice on the bbc onelife web-site
Wheels to Work exists to improve access to employment and work-based training for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin residents. Loans of mopeds and battery powered bikes are offered, along with travel advice.
Transport Direct: Door to door travel planner.
Traveline, Tel. 0871 200 2233
National Express Tel. 08705 808080
Getting a provisional licence.
This comprehensive site gives you information on getting started, learning the theory, driving on the road, theory and practical tests, beyond the driving test and information on buying a car. There are also links to LGV, Fleet and Motorcycle training.
DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency)0870 2400009 www.dvla.gov.uk