Queensland Government media release
People with a disability using the TransLink Access Pass (TAP) will no longer pay for replacement card charges from August 1.
Card expiry dates will be extended from one to five years too, meaning eligible travellers with a permanent disability won’t need to pay for annual renewals.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said dropping the fees was about removing barriers to people using public transport.
“Previously, TAP users had to pay $72 each year to renew their card,” Mr Bailey said.
“These cards are specifically for people with a significant permanent physical or intellectual disability who can travel independently but may have trouble touching on or off with a go card.
“We all have costs to manage in our daily lives so getting rid of these fees means one less thing for TAP holders to budget for.”
Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said every person should be able to participate in and enjoy what Queensland has to offer.
“Removing annual and replacement card fees is a small step, but it’s one that demonstrates the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to building a transport network that is accessible to every person,” Ms O’Rourke said.
The TransLink Access Pass provides free travel for people who are able to travel independently on the public transport network but may experience difficulty using TransLink’s ticketing system.
An expiry date for the TAP has been retained to ensure eligible cardholders can be confirmed as Queensland residents every five years.
For further information on TransLink ticketing concessions and passes can be found at translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types/disability or by calling 13 12 30.