- POSTED: 16 Jan 2014 18:58
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The government is introducing two new public transport concession schemes for low-income workers and persons with disabilities. The new schemes will start on 6 July.
SINGAPORE: About 400,000 low-wage workers and 50,000 persons with disabilities are expected to benefit from the two concession schemes.
The new schemes will start on 6 July and will cost the government about S$50 million annually.
Beneficiaries Channel NewsAsia spoke with have given positive feedback.
52-year old Fauziyah Mozaini said her family of four spends about S$200 a month on transport.
In addition to her own expenses of about S$50 a month, the amount includes her daughter's student monthly concession pass of S$27.50, her husband's travelling expenses of about $70 a month and her son's expenses of about S$50 a month.
Ms Fauziyah works part-time at a community centre, earning between S$500 and S$600 a month, while her husband works full-time.
With a household income below S$1,900, Ms Fauziyah said it has been tough juggling expenses for transport, along with the bills she has to pay.
But with the new concession scheme for low-wage workers, it could help her family save about S$25 to S$30 in transport costs a month.
The news is timely, as Ms Fauziyah just learnt that her daughter has a heart condition.
She said: "Because my daughter (has a heart condition), I want to save. If there is an emergency, I can use this money for my daughter."
Responding to the announcement on the Fare Review Exercise, the National Transport Workers Union (NTWU) said it was heartened that the low-wage workers will be able to benefit from the new concession schemes.
For persons with disabilities, such as Zakiyah Zainal, the new concession scheme means she will not have to pay additional fares for long-distance travel beyond 7.2 kilometres.
The 24-year-old is visually impaired and has cerebral palsy.
She takes both the train and bus daily from her home in Yishun to Ubi Crescent to work. She estimates that she spends about S$100 a month on public transport.
Ms Zakiyah said: "It will benefit me a lot. I can save more to use for other expenses."
Low-wage workers and persons with disabilities will be provided with interim financial assistance for three months to help defray their travel expenditure before the new concessionary schemes take effect.