Don Nardella, Member for Melton, has announced that from today the Andrews Labor Government is making it cheaper, simpler and fairer for children to travel on public transport.
As from today, the age at which a child must start carrying a myki will be lifted from four to five, saving parents the expense and hassle of getting their child a ticket before they’ve even started school”.
At same time, the Labor Government will lift the eligibility age for a child myki ticket from 16 to 18.
The change means young people will have access to concession fares until they are 19, even if they aren’t at school or university.
For a 17 or 18 year old working instead of studying, the shift will save them as much as $800 a year.
In an added bonus, 17 and 18 year olds will now be able to use a learners drivers licence or Proof of Age card to prove their eligibility for concession fares.
This change will save up to 10,000 fulltime students the hassle and cost of buying a PTV School Student ID.
Concession card holders are already benefiting from the new concession cap on weekends, which has reduced the cost of Zone 1+2 travel on Saturday and Sunday from $3.90 to $3.00.
And all passengers are benefiting from the abolition of the former Liberal Government’s ineffective and unfair on-the-spot fines regime, which intimidated vulnerable passengers and encouraged serial fare evasion.
Mr Nardella said:
“As from today public transport has become cheaper and fairer for families, and the ineffective and unfair on-the-spot fines that had been introduced by the former Liberal Government has also been scrapped.”