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MiCard Journeys To Cost More

Wednesday April 23 2014

THE MiCard discount travel scheme for young people has been saved - but the cost of journeys is to increase.

Ruling cabinet members are expected to give the move to add 10p to its price approval on Wednesday, with it due to take effect on June 1.

MiCard currently allows those up to 18 to travel on buses for 30p, including weekends.

Its future was discussed by the Youth Council and members were given four options to consider, including getting rid of the scheme altogether.

The members consulted with other teenagers and 368 out of the 535 voted for the 10p increase.

The report says MiCard will continue to be available to young people up to the age of 18 who live in Barnsley, and the 40p fare applies to bus journeys within Barnsley as well between Barnsley and the rest of South Yorkshire.

For trips in South Yorkshire the usual concessionary child fare will apply, which has been agreed to stay at 70p in 2014/15.

What do you think to this? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 09:24
wonderful to see the youth of barnsley realising the need to increase the fare by 10p ,anything which encourages the kids to educate themseleves or go to work is great.can we now do the same with the blue badge scheme hope someone in the ivory tower reads this my vote is yes to paying something if the youths can so can the over 65s.

Reply Posted by nic on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 09:44
I have a disabled person's concessionary pass ( unable to hold a driving licence through having Epilepsy ) I'd be happy to pay something if it helps keep the mi card and oap concessionary pass

Reply Posted by Nat on Thursday April 24 2014 at 13:56
Are the drivers aware there is a concessionery rate other than the Micard rate?
My son was charged full adult rate, aged 9 and with me, because he didn't have his Micard with him.

Reply Posted by Sal on Friday April 25 2014 at 18:12
Nat, there's some silly new rule that a child 10 or over now has to have a pass to pay child fare, and this applies to any child believed to be 10 or over. I only found out when my parents took my 10yr old on bus, she had lost her MI card and were told that she had to pay full fare if she had no pass. In all fairness the driver did let her on for child fare as my parents were unaware of the need for a pass. However I've not seen anywhere advertising kids needing these passes if they don't have a MI card.

Reply Posted by Abbie on Friday April 25 2014 at 21:16
The rule regarding a child aged 11 and over to display a half fare pass has been in place for over 10 years. Leaflets are handed out to schools each year about this requirement set by South Yorkshire PTE.

Reply Posted by Disabled on Friday April 25 2014 at 18:14
Think you will find guy Fawkes that the blue badge is not free , I had to pay £10.00 for mine !!!

Reply Posted by It's ridiculous! on Friday April 25 2014 at 18:28
well in that case, it's going to be cheaper for us to drive them to school and back. No way are we gonna pay 40p for each child to go to school and back when it should be free in the first place.

Reply Posted by Driver on Friday April 25 2014 at 21:23
The fare should not be free - all children in SY outside of Barnsley currently pay 70p (and will be paying 80p from next April, and from April 2017 who knows, as the subsidised child fare will be withdrawn, and it will be left to the individual operators to make there own child fares, which may be as high as 2/3rds fare!!).

Why should Barnsley residents be any different?

Reply Posted by boston on Friday April 25 2014 at 20:12
i have 3 kids and getting the bus would cost £12.20 a week . that would get me 80 miles of fuel in the car and I would be able too take them too school for 3 weeks on £12.20 so guess I back too using car !!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Driver on Friday April 25 2014 at 21:20

It's not a "silly new rule", its been a requirement for children aged 11 or over to carry a MegaTravel pass in order to obtain child fare since at least 2005.

At one point EVERY bus had stickers on stating "Don't Blame The Driver - Follow The Rules - Carry Your Pass".

The application leaflets (blue cover with white lettering) are available at all Travel South Yorkshire offices - and inform the children & parents of the requirements for child fare - Carry your pass at ALL times INCLUDING with parents, or in school uniform.

The child fare pass detail & requirements are also in the school bus timetable packs produced by all schools each year.