Loophole closed


Changes to refundable deposits for QLD Go Cards in will save public transport users thousands

Public transport users will benefit from savings of more than $200,000per year after changes have been made to the refundable deposit on adult go cards.

This month the refundable deposit on adult go cards was increased from $5 to $10 to close a loophole which saw people deliberately running the balance below $5 and then disposing of the card.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the savings will be reinvested back into the public transport network.

 "Since we increased the refundable deposit to $10 there are now 20 per cent less cards falling below the negative threshold, particularly on the Airport line," he says.

"Research showed thousands of people across the network misused their go card by running their balance below the $5 deposit and then disposing of the card.

"Savings from closing this loophole will be reinvested back into the network."

All day on-time running was more than 95 per cent in the January to March quarter.

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