Fare is not fair

First published in Letters

IN Newport recently with my husband and grandchild who is 16 months old and in a pushchair, we were going to visit my daughter in Maindee. We went to catch a green bus, number 8c.

My husband gave the driver our bus passes, but was told we would have to pay for the child.

When I asked him why we had to pay as we have never paid for him on any other bus service as he is a baby, the bus driver said he had worked on the buses for 17 years and a child has to pay because we were riding free.

I know a child has to be under five not to pay. We have taken our grandson on many bus rides and the driver has never asked us to pay for him.

I telephoned their office and was told we have to pay for him as he was taking a space where the buggy was for people to sit down.

It would have cost me £1 each way for a baby of 16 months! No wonder Newport is not getting many visitors. when they have to pay for a child under 5. Has anybody else had to pay for a child if they have bus passes?

G I Morgan, Risca

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1:43pm Tue 19 Aug 14

grandmammamia says...

Yes, this is normal practice. The descretionary fare for under 5's is if they are accompanied by a fare paying passenger. We often take our grandchildren on a bus and paid when they were underage (one still is).

Considering how much I use my bus pass and the distances I can go I don't mind paying to take my grandchildren if it means I can carry on getting free travel.
Yes, this is normal practice. The descretionary fare for under 5's is if they are accompanied by a fare paying passenger. We often take our grandchildren on a bus and paid when they were underage (one still is). Considering how much I use my bus pass and the distances I can go I don't mind paying to take my grandchildren if it means I can carry on getting free travel. grandmammamia
  • Score: 14

2:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Walter Devereux says...

"No wonder Newport is not getting many visitors. when they have to pay for a child under 5".

Yes, you have completely nailed that one! Nothing to do with the global recession, it is the measly £1 bus fare that is putting everyone off!
"No wonder Newport is not getting many visitors. when they have to pay for a child under 5". Yes, you have completely nailed that one! Nothing to do with the global recession, it is the measly £1 bus fare that is putting everyone off! Walter Devereux
  • Score: 15

4:28pm Tue 19 Aug 14

smokintheweed says...

Two quid for three people on a return trip? Sounds like a decent deal to me. Some people will quibble over anything these days and after that very minor "setback" they waste the time writing to a local newspaper to what I would hope would be complete indifference.
Two quid for three people on a return trip? Sounds like a decent deal to me. Some people will quibble over anything these days and after that very minor "setback" they waste the time writing to a local newspaper to what I would hope would be complete indifference. smokintheweed
  • Score: 16

12:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

throwy1 says...

If you think that is expensive don't go to Cardiff and use Cardiff buses
If you think that is expensive don't go to Cardiff and use Cardiff buses throwy1
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