Friday 27 February 2015
Metrocard ticket warning for uni and TAFE students
The State Liberals have warned university and TAFE students not to be caught out by a confusing metrocard policy and have called on the Weatherill Labor Government to fix the problem.
New tertiary students may continue using their student metrocards purchased in high school, or purchase a student card, reasonably assuming that a ‘student card’ covers university and TAFE students.
However, a university or TAFE student is classified under a concession card, and not a student card according to Adelaide Metro’s guidelines.
University or TAFE students holding a student metrocard and not a concession metrocard may be fined up to $1,250 for the mistake.
“There is no warning that student cards are only for high school students and not tertiary students,” said Shadow Transport Minister Corey Wingard.
“It is reasonable that a university or TAFE student would accidentally assume that a student metrocard was the correct card for them to use.
“The State Liberals have been contacted by a number of South Australian parents and students about this issue – it is clearly a confusing policy.
“A tertiary student receives student discounts in every other circumstance, why are they not counted as students by Adelaide Metro?
“So far, Minister Mullighan has shown no interest in rectifying this problem.
“If the Weatherill Labor Government does not want the names of the metrocard to be confusing, adding ‘school student’ to the student card would be one possible solution.
“At the very least, Adelaide Metro needs to make it clear that one is a school student card, and the other is a miscellaneous concession card, which includes tertiary students.”