Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017
Victoria is making it cheaper, simpler and fairer for children to travel on public transport.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.
“From today, kids won’t need a ticket until they’re five and they’ll be guaranteed cheaper fares until they’re an adult,” Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said.
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.