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Fuck it, the pensioners were the only major demographic to see their wealth grow throughout the great recession and yet, because they're more likely to vote they kept on getting allowances and raises from the Gov, 50 euro surcharge, surely 50 euro per year for unlimited travel is more than fair and something all of them can afford.


No, it's not something ALL of them can afford. And, for the record, they didn't keep all their allowances during the recession either.
€50 mightn't be much to you or me but to those whose only income is the retirement pension, it could be a lot. In any case, if it were to start at €50, it wouldn't stay there.
On the other hand, there are some well-heeled pensioners (although it's a moot point as to how often they might use their free travel card).
So why not treat it as a benefit-in-kind, making it potentially taxable? Each pensioner could be given an initial allowance of so much free travel and thereafter, it could be chargeable to taxation. The technology exists to gather the information too.
This would not affect those on very low incomes as they'd not be liable to tax.
 
Fuck it, the pensioners were the only major demographic to see their wealth grow throughout the great recession and yet, because they're more likely to vote they kept on getting allowances and raises from the Gov, 50 euro surcharge, surely 50 euro per year for unlimited travel is more than fair and something all of them can afford.

many of these pensioners paid for this many times over with taxes they paid
in many cases over 50 years tax, so its not free travel for them, many of them take a bus to kinsale, youghal etc spend a few quid on lunch etc thus boosting local economy, from what i gather sunday premium for drivers is well above the norm,
 
So the OAPs can hop on and off buses and trains all day without paying.
What happens if a paying customer wants to board a bus and it's full of OAPs?
Will one get off and let the paying passenger on?
 
So the OAPs can hop on and off buses and trains all day without paying.
What happens if a paying customer wants to board a bus and it's full of OAPs?
Will one get off and let the paying passenger on?

there should certainly be a case where free travel can only be used off peak times in mornings and evenings,
 

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