The cost of a myki public transport smartcard will be markedly reduced while annoying fees for replacement mykis will be abolished, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said today.
Mr Mulder said the Coalition Government would simplify myki by reducing the purchase cost of an adult myki card from $10 to $6 and from $7 to $3 for concession travellers effective from 1 January 2012.
"The Coalition Government will abolish the $9.80 administration fee for myki cards so that passengers wanting a refund on any unused travel value can obtain their money back without penalty," Mr Mulder said.
"In a policy the government will review annually, defective or damaged registered or unregistered mykis will now also be replaced free of charge on the spot from 1 January 2012 at Flinders Street railway station, the Met Shop at the Melbourne Town Hallor and the Southern Cross myki Discovery Centre," Mr Mulder said.
"Lost or stolen registered mykis will be replaced without a fee from 1 January 2012. Passengers with unregistered lost or stolen mykis will still have to purchase a replacement myki for $6 (adults) or $3 (concession)."
Mr Mulder said in the first stage of Metcard ticket type withdrawals, Yearly Metcards would no longer be available from 1 January 2012, while online and telephone Metcard sales would cease from the same date.
"With most Yearly tickets purchased through employer commuter clubs, more than 90 per cent of Yearly ticket holders are already using myki. The number of yearly tickets individuals purchase in other ways is very low," Mr Mulder said.
"During the coming months, the Transport Ticketing Authority will withdraw further Metcard ticket types. The government will give prior notice to train, tram and bus patrons of the staged withdrawal of further Metcard types and the further installation of myki equipment such as railway station booking office card vending machines.
Mr Mulder said Victorians were holding onto Metcards with a total of 11 million unused trips.
"I urge passengers to put their unused Metcards to good use in getting out and about in the next few months on Melbourne's trains, trams and buses," Mr Mulder said.