A win for students with scrapping of concession card

IPSWICH students will no longer risk a $227 fine when travelling to university, with the State Government announcing today that it has officially scrapped the controversial Tertiary Transport Concession Card (TTCC).

When the TTCC was first introduced, university goers complained about the backlog of cards to be issued, with many Ipswich students travelling into the city to class having received fines even though they had filed their application.

The introduction TransLink crackdown angered many students from the Ipswich area use public transport regularly to get to university.

The scheme forced all tertiary and post-secondary students in south-east Queensland to carry their student ID card, go card and the TTCC card to access concession fares. 

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said the announcement cleared the way for a  new technology-based go card solution to commence from semester one 2016 and described the TTCC as a "bureaucratic nightmare".

"The former LNP Government claimed the TTCC would save $8 million dollars in fare evasion, however figures from the Department of Transport and Main Roads reveals instead of saving money the cost of creating this administrative hurdle for student's was $1.7 million," she said.

"All it managed to do was to make public transport less accessible for students.

"Removing this onerous, paper-based process means easier travel for students with one less card to carry and also less administrative burden on institutions."

Ms Trad said the Department of Transport and Main Roads is finalising a new go card solution that would be in place for semester one in 2016.

"The new solution will make it easier for university students to travel on public transport and ease the administrative burden imposed on our education institutions," she said.

"The department is continuing to work closely with Queensland institutions in preparation for a new system which will offer an easier and simpler student experience.

"We will advise students of all the details of the solution in advance of semester one."

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