AS many as 65,000 people could be fined for fare evading following the introduction of the Queensland Government’s Tertiary Transport Concession Card.
From tomorrow, full-time university students claiming concession rates will need to travel with a tertiary transport concession card or face a $227 fine.
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The new card has been brought in to crack down on public transport users falsely claiming to be students in order to receive half-price fares.
Approximately 85,000 students are currently eligible for a concession in South East Queensland, however almost double that (around 150,000 people) have used a Tertiary student go card this year.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the rort was costing taxpayers almost $8 million a year.
“For years, passengers have raised concerns about “students in suits” where former students who are no longer enrolled in full-time courses continue to use their old ID to get cheap travel,” he said.
“That is unfair to honest passengers and rorting puts more upward pressure on fares.
“We applaud the 65,000 students who have done the right thing and applied for a Tertiary Transport Concession Card and encourage other eligible students to apply now.”
Mr Emerson said from Tuesday (July 1) anyone caught catching public transport on a concession fare without this card will be fined.
“Senior Network Officers have been handing out information to students advising them about the need to get the new cards since it was introduced earlier this year,” he said.
“The grace period is now up and if you do the wrong thing on our network you will be caught and risk fines of up to $227.”
Status as a full-time internal student is now determined by universities after the LNP ended Labor’s policy of requiring university student’s to attend at least 12 hours of contact time to be classed as full-time.
For more information on the Tertiary Transport Concession Card, visit the TransLink website www.translink.com.au/tertiarycard or phone 13 12 30.