THE HK$2 public transport concessionary fare is to be extended to children with disabilities aged below 12.
The scheme will come into effect on Sunday. It will only be available to those using registered Octopus cards (八達通卡). It will not be applicable to fares paid in cash.
Government statistics show about 700,000 trips are taken daily under the scheme. The scheme was first set up in 2012 for the elderly.
The scheme will provide the children with more chances to integrate as they will be able to take part in community activities.
The government launched the scheme in phases starting in June two years ago. It covered the general MTR (港鐵) lines, bus routes operated by five franchised firms, and ferry routes run by 12 operators.
Of the 700,000 trips, about 620,000 are taken by elderly people, and 80,000 by those with disabilities.
Eligible persons may enjoy the concessionary fare by using personalised Octopus cards with ‘Persons with Disabilities Status’.
Free ride arrangements offered by public transport operators to children will not be affected. They can continue to enjoy free rides by not tapping their Octopus card.