In an attempt to help out the homeless and disadvantaged Victorians, the Victorian Government has launched a trial 'emergency relief' ticket system. This will allow those in need to access free weekly and monthly travel passes so that they can travel to places like Melbourne for appointments and access basic services which may not necessarily be available in their home towns.
“This is the next step in our ongoing work to make our public transport ticketing system simpler and fairer for passengers across Victoria.” — Minister for Housing, Martin Foley
This trial comes off the back of the recent Ticketing Compliance and Enforcement Review, which found that those who are unable to afford a ticket are often forced to fare evade — which, in turn, see them receive a fine that they can't pay and then get caught up within the legal system.
The passes will be available for approved schools and community organisations throughout Victoria, to buy at heavily discounted rates and distribute to their students and clients, by contacting [email protected]