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VULNERABLE Victorians will be able to travel free on public transport under a new trial.
Disadvantaged commuters will be able to obtain weekly and monthly passes under the 12-month state government program, which will begin immediately.
Housing Minister Martin Foley, who will announce the trial today, said the emergency relief tickets would make the system fairer.
“The new passes will help disadvantaged people get to the appointments and services they need to get their lives back on track,” he said in a statement.
“Many vulnerable people are being unnecessarily caught up in the legal system because the existing day pass is not meeting their needs — this will help fix that.”
Disadvantaged people forced to fare evade to access basic services, leading to fines they cannot pay.It’s understood community organisations will be able to buy the passes at a heavily discounted rate, before distributing them to those in need.
The trial follows a recent review which found many people were forced to fare evade to access basic services, leading to fines they couldn’t pay.
Schools will also be able to apply for the tickets, to give to at-risk students.
The passes will be valid in zones one and two, and on regional buses.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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