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increase the minimum age for the payment of full fare on public transport from 16 years

Comment 8th July 2010

Young people below the age of 16 years currently pay half fare on public transport.  However, when they reach the age of 16 years they are required to pay full fare.  This law was created when the majority of young people went in to work at the age of 16 years.  Now, most young people remain in full time education until the age of 18 years or beyond and find it personally difficult to pay full fares to engage in social activities or in travel to educational institutions.  The responsibility for the payment of full fares on public transport for young people who are not in employment and in full time education becomes the responsibility of parents or guardians and this is becoming an increasingly difficult financial burden for them to bare.

Why does this matter?

An increase in the age in which young people pay full fare on public transport will take the financial burden away from parents and guardians, provide the basis for young people with an incentive to use public transport, rather than getting parents and guardians using private vehicles on already busy roads and provides a more inexpensive method for young people to travel to their chosen educational institution.

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