Youth abuse Mor­combe pol­icy

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Mark Bai­ley has an­nounced a fare eva­sion round­table af­ter re­veal­ing 1.53 mil­lion pub­lic trans­port trips have been taken free of charge.

Mr Bai­ley said young pa­trons abus­ing the “Daniel Mor­combe pol­icy” had in­creased with free rides al­most dou­bling.

“We’re of­ten get­ting teenagers who will get on a bus and just tell a driver they don’t have to pay and if they try to do any­thing about it they’ll lose their jobs. That’s re­ally un­rea­son­able and en­tirely un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

Last month, $25m was lost in fare eva­sions but Mr Bai­ley ruled out scrap­ping the pol­icy.

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