Transport fare recommendations: Who will benefit?

Transport fare recommendations: Who will benefit?

Low-income workers, the disabled, the elderly, as well as polytechnic students and young children may benefit from the recommendations by the Fare Review Mechanism Committee, which were announced on Tuesday.

Last year, it was announced that former Senior District Judge Richard Magnus will chair the committee, which will review the transport fare adjustment formula and the framework for fare adjustments.

Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew expanded the scope of the review in February this year and asked the committee to also look into fare concessions and affordability.

Mr Magnus said: "The idea is to make it (public transport) affordable to as many as possible."

The Ministry of Transport will give an official response to the recommendations next week.

Here are some of the recommendations:

New concession schemes for low-income workers, disabled

  • For a definition of low-income workers, the committee considered individuals eligible for the Central Provident Fund's Workfare Income Supplement. Workers who qualify for this scheme earn a gross monthly income of $1,900 and below.
  • The disabled will be identified by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, although the committee noted that there should also be some flexibility in place.
  • These concessions are to be funded by the Government.

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