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WP welcomes public transport concession schemes, but asks for delay in fare hikes

Published on Jan 17, 2014 7:34 PM
 
The Workers' Party (WP) welcomed the new transport concession schemes announced by the Government on Thursday, but called for fare hikes to be delayed till all of these schemes are rolled out. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The Workers' Party (WP) welcomed the new transport concession schemes announced by the Government on Thursday, but called for fare hikes to be delayed till all of these schemes are rolled out.

In a statement on Friday, the party said those with disabilities, senior citizens, low-wage workers, students and full-time national servicemen, who will benefit from a slew of concessions announced, would "finally enjoy some overdue relief for their travel needs, for which the public and the WP have lobbied for years".

But the party also voiced disappointment over the fare increases being rolled out three months before the implementation of concession schemes for low-wage workers and those with disabilities.

These schemes will kick in on July 6 because of the time needed to process applications. The fare hike and all other concessions will start on April 6.

 
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