A petition has been launched demanding affordable transport for youngsters in Cumbria.
Penrith and the Border MP Neil Hudson is asking people to join his campaign to provide the county’s young people affordable, sustainable and fair transport.
Education or training is mandatory for everyone until the age of 18, but there is no legal requirement for local authorities to provide transport after 16.
Dr Hudson said the situation penalises those living in isolated areas and must change.
He said those living in rural areas are either left with eye-watering transport bills or forced to limit their options.
He added he had heard from young people in his constituency who have had to make the decision not to go on to the next stage of education or training due to a lack of transport.
Dr Hudson added: “The issue of post-16 transport is huge and is a real roadblock for young people.
“It is really disheartening that those young people who want to pursue courses that will open doors to their future career goals are being boxed into a corner.
“Some pupils have felt that their careers are already being determined as they cannot access the courses they want to follow.
“We should not be asking these young people to be responsible for their own travel, including challenging driving for young drivers on our rural roads.
“It is an absolute travesty that flies in the face of equal opportunity, so I urge those in power to listen and make proactive steps towards a brighter future for our young folk.”