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Free bus fares for the mobility impaired

Regional Council Public Transport Committee Chairman Cr Andrew von Dadelszen says the scheme allows for accessibility, affordability and independence. Photo: John Borren.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana has confirmed people with mobility impairment will be able to travel on the region’s buses for free from July 1.

The scheme will allow eligible customers to travel for free on all Bay of Plenty Regional Council contracted urban and inter-regional bus services, 24 hours a day, whenever a Public Transport bus service is operating.

Regional Council Public Transport Committee Chairman Cr Andrew von Dadelszen says the scheme allows for accessibility, affordability and independence.

“It will provide greater region wide access to schools, tertiary institutes, employment and civic services for people with specific mobility impairments,” says Andrew.

People eligible for the concession will include anyone with a permanent mobility impairment that means they cannot drive a private vehicle.

“The introduction of free fares for people with disabilities in the Waikato Region has resulted in greater independence and flexibility around when they can travel and has allowed them to save more money.”

The permanent mobility impairment can be physical, intellectual, psychological, sensory or neurological. The scheme does not include people with temporary disabilities or care givers.

 

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Have to agree with - Let's get real !

Posted on 24-03-2021 21:44 | By The Caveman

Run the bus service FREE for the next six months and lets see what the usage numbers are compared with the previous six months !!! My estimate would be not much !! AND while I am commenting - NOTHING IS FREE - somebody (ratepayers who NEVER use the buses) are paying for the costs via their RATES !!!

Hmmm

Posted on 21-03-2021 12:10 | By

Have we got to more than half of the bus users being free to ride or subsidised yet...? Why not have a free service and see if people really want to use the service. Maybe we’ll see people using the bus, if not we need to scrap it.... Although undoubtedly there’s a legal obligation somewhere to provide public transport even if its not used or operated well.

Why is there no information

Posted on 20-03-2021 22:52 | By SML

about where to go to get access to this concession scheme?

Buses for community

Posted on 20-03-2021 16:53 | By Old Bloke

How about bus stops for those wanting to go to Baypark?