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The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment has made it cheaper for chil­dren and teenagers to travel on pub­lic trans­port by lift­ing the age of el­i­gi­bil­ity for free travel from four to five and in­creas­ing the age thresh­old of child myki tick­ets from 16 to 18 years old.

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 could save them up to $800 a year.

Peo­ple un­der the age of 18 will also now be able to use a driver’s li­cence or a proof of age card to prove their el­i­gi­bil­ity for con­ces­sion fares. This change will save up to 10,000 full-time stu­dents the has­sle and cost of buy­ing a Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria (PTV) school stu­dent ID. A new con­ces­sion cap on week­end travel, which has re­duced the cost of Zone 1+2 travel on Satur­day and Sun­day from $3.90 to $3, was also in­tro­duced late last year.

On-the-spot fines are no longer be­ing is­sued for those trav­el­ling with­out hav­ing touched on, which the cur­rent Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment says in­tim­i­dated vul­ner­a­ble pas­sen­gers and en­cour­aged se­rial fare eva­sion.

Vic­to­rian Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Trans­port Jac­inta Al­lan says the move saves par­ents the ex­pense and has­sle of get­ting their child a ticket be­fore they’ve started school.

“Th­ese changes will save a lot of money and a lot of has­sle for fam­i­lies us­ing our pub­lic trans­port system,” she says.

“Kids won’t need a ticket un­til they’re five and they’ll be guar­an­teed cheaper fares un­til they’re an adult.

“Plus we’ve scrapped the in­ef­fec­tive and un­fair on-the-spot fines that the for­mer Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced.

“We’re mak­ing pub­lic trans­port sim­pler, fairer and cheaper for fam­i­lies, and get­ting on with build­ing the ma­jor projects we need to run more ser­vices and get peo­ple home safer and sooner.”

“We’re mak­ing pub­lic trans­port sim­pler, fairer and cheaper for fam­i­lies”

Be­low: The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment is tak­ing a new ap­proach to fare pay­ment and eva­sion preven­tion

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