And importantly, the Government announced numerous changes including the scrapping of Penalty Fares; better training, equipment and discretion for Authorised Officers; upgrades to Myki to improve online top-up times, and make readers easier to use.
It’ll take effect in January. Some people have asked why so long… I suspect the answer is that when you’re talking about changing equipment and procedures across a large department and hundreds of people, it just takes a while.
Anyway, rather than repeat myself, I’ll just point you to this opinion piece in The Age: Myki changes are good news, but unexplained oddities will remain
TL;DR: It’s a big step forward. Penalty Fares were problematic; getting rid of them makes sense, as does improving AO operations and some (but not all, alas) aspects of the Myki system.
- See also: PTUA: Penalty fares gone and so is the war on Victorian PT users
- Online top-ups will speed up to 90 minutes. They can never be instant.
- Lots of media coverage, but ABC has a pretty good wrap-up: Victorian Government scraps $75 on-the-spot penalty for public transport fare evaders