Person fighting for free public transport for under 18s/school kids to encourage attendance in school

Olivia Faria, 17, is calling on the Government to reverse a decision to scrap the Oyster Zip card as part of a £1.6bn bailout package for Transport for London.


6th October 2020 · 3 min reading, find a link at the bottom of the article to read the original article in full

Petition for free travel for U/18 in London

A teenager campaigning to keep public transport in London free for under-18s has described the travel card that allows young people to get around as a “symbol of freedom”.

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Olivia Faria, 17, is calling on the Government to reverse a decision to scrap the Oyster Zip card as part of a £1.6bn bailout package for Transport for London (TfL).

Cardholders aged five to 15 are, until the new rules come into force, entitled to free Tube travel in London while those aged 16 and 17 can get fares reduced.

A petition launched by Ms Faria asking the Government to reconsider the decision has attracted more than 160,000 signatures, easily passing the 100,000 threshold needed for it to be considered for discussion in Parliament.

Symbol of freedom

“So many young people who depend on the Zip card will be harmed by this change, as it will create more financial issues for children travelling to school,” Ms Faria told Miss Vogue, an offshoot of the fashion magazine aimed at teenagers.

“It is almost like a symbol of freedom for us all. [The card] has offered me my childhood. Travelling to school each day for free is a blessing, as I am able to use money to help aid other aspects of my education.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has appealed to the Government to find an alternative solution.

The Department for Transport said: “The decision about under-18 travel is a temporary measure to help tackle the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the risk of crowding on our transport network.

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