Thursday, November 06, 2008

Participate in Petition for Fairer Transport Fares for Tertiary Students

On 3 Nov, I made a post on fairer transport fares for tertiary students. Organizer TheOnlineCitizen has launched an official logo for this petition.
For polytechnic and universities students, they have to pay the following concession rates:

Bus Concession Pass - $52/month, unlimited bus concession travel on basic fare bus services for one month.

Train Concession Pass - $45/month, up to 4 rides per day on the MRT/LRT for one month.

Hybrid Concession Pass - $97/month, unlimited bus concession travel on basic fare bus services for one month and up to 4 rides per day on the MRT/LRT for one month.

As for JC and ITE students, the same concession passes cost $27.50, $25 & $52.50 respectively. This is as much as 89% lower!

I thought this is a good start to get tertiary students’ voices heard. I myself was once a tertiary student from Singapore Poly and NUS who had to pay higher transport fares for no reason. I do agree in tertiary students need to be fairly treated and not having to pay adult fares or 80% more concession rates as compared to their non working peers from JC and ITE. If I remember correctly, this issue was brought out several times but no one appears to take this case seriously.

I think this move should apply to all FULL-TIME students irregardless of institutions. Do remember these students do not have income throughout their study period and some actually get allowances from parents.

I will join in this petition. I truly feel for them.

5 simple ways to participate and support this nationwide campaign:
  1. Download and read the Petition here and the Signature Document here and circulate it among your friends. (Email the list of signatures/ completed document to petition4fairtransport@gmail.com)

  2. Email the following information (in the form) to this email address (petition4fairtransport@gmail.com):
    • Name:
    • NRIC:
    • Student? (Y/N)
    • Institution of Study (If applicable)
    • Remarks

  3. Sign up to be an official volunteer to bring forth the petition to your school/ institution of study/ workplace.

  4. Spread the word and put up the campaign logo on your blog/website. (The logo will be available in a few days’ time.)

  5. Be part of the campaign’s numerous petition drives in the weeks and months to come.
Poly students want fairer transport fares [via]

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