Uni students cop fines as new card process stalls
IPSWICH students can now be fined $227 if they cannot present the new Tertiary Transport Concession Card (TTCC) along with their university ID and their Go Card while using public transport.
University goers have complained about the backlog of cards to be issued, with many saying they are being fined even though they have filled out a TTCC application.
The TransLink crackdown has angered many students from the Ipswich area who have to use public transport regularly to get to university.
Shelley Doherty, 21, is studying exercise and sport science at the University of Queensland and is yet to receive her TTCC card.
"If I do four subjects per semester I will catch the train from Ipswich up to five times a week," she said. "I don't understand why the new concession cards are necessary. Instead, students could just apply for a new student ID card every year to prevent others from rorting the system.
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"I don't feel confident catching public transport anymore because I am worried about getting a fine."
Transport Minister Scott Emerson has so far denied the backlog, stating that the current time needed to process an application is 15 business days.
Mr Emerson said anyone caught catching public transport on a concession fare without the TTCC card would be fined.
"The grace period is now up and if you do the wrong thing on our network, you will be caught and risk fines of up to $227," he said.
Students have resorted to using adult go cards with some even choosing to stop using public transport all together until applications are processed.
An online petition against student fines created by University of Queensland Union president Joshua Millroy has reached 3000 signatures. The petition asks that fines against students cease until the backlog of Tertiary Transport Concession Cards is processed. "We are concerned about regional students who already face high public transport costs to get to Brisbane," Mr Millroy said.
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