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Young Fine Gael Fair Fares Campaign - Young Fine Gael

Young Fine Gael Fair Fares Campaign

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Young Fine Gael is calling on the Minister for Transport and The National Transport Authority to undertake an urgent review of public transport fares for post-primary students.

We have launched a national campaign for 'Fair Fares' for post-primary school students in Ireland across all four transport operators; Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Eireann & Iarnrod Éireann.

Students are being hit with a significant increased cost once they are over the age of 15 as they can no longer avail of the Schoolchild fare.

Young Fine Gael is calling for 

> The abolishment of the 'Scholar Scheme' and replacing it with the Schoolchild fare for all students in post-primary education.

> Universal acceptance of all student ID's including those issued by indivudal second level schools and discretion for those wearing a school uniform to avail of the school child fare.

Speaking on this issue, YFG President Dale McDermott commented "Currently, there is no consistent fare structure for post-primary students using public transport in Ireland today. Particularly for those aged between 16 and 18 years of age, these students in some cases are subject to pay an adult fare, which is clearly unfair."

"The National Transport Authority has a public responsibility to ensure a consistent fare policy is followed across all providers and that students below the age of 18 are not paying adult fares. Hard-pressed families and students could see annual savings of €300 per child on average were a new school-going fare introduced. Students deserve a fairer deal in using public transport than this. No More Excuses." concluded Dale McDermott YFG President.

As part of our campaign we have written letters to the main public transport authorites asking them to introdcue a new Schoolchild fare for all primary and post-primary students.

Bus Eireann

Dublin Bus

Iarnrod Eireann

The potential cost savings to students and families of extending the school child rate to 18 years are shown below - 

YFG Fair Fares Infographic

 

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