CARERS no longer receive free travel with Hovertravel after a new policy was introduced at the beginning of the month.
Under the Isle of Wight company’s previous policy, registered carers were given free travel, while the disabled traveller was charged the standard fare.
A new scheme has stopped free tickets for carers in favour of travel concessions for a wider range of passengers, including those with disabilities, students and teachers.
A spokesperson for Hovertravel said: "To create a more equitable policy, Hovertravel extended its concessionary standard fares to a greater range of customers from February 1, bringing Hovertravel in line with the national Network Rail disabled discount scheme.
"These reduced fares are of benefit to a wider market and allow Hovertravel to offer assistance to many more passengers. As part of this policy, Hovertravel stopped offering a free ticket for carers."
Those who qualify for the concessionary fares will now pay £9.50 for a single fare instead of £13.50, and £12.50 instead of £16 for a standard day return.