Most oldies clearly don’t care about Winstons ‘free’ Gold Card

Winston’s subsidy to ailing transport companies, the Gold Card, isn’t valued by many old codgers. My neighbour down the road is 101 this year and he still drives, I caught up with him at the shops the other day and had a good old chinwag. He certainly doesn’t take the bus anywhere.

Either that or they don’t care for taking public transport like most people in Auckland.

Around 125,000 Supergold cardholders in Auckland remain at risk of losing their free travel concession in four weeks time.

The over-65s are required to sign up for a special version of Auckland’s electronic public transport card by July, after the government changed the rules on their free travel concession.

Auckland Transport is one week into a big campaign to locate and sign up 140,000 Supergold cardholders, needing to make the change.

There are already 44,000 people using the AT HOP travel card, which also gives a discount prior to the 9am start of free travel.  

After the first week, 4821 or fewer than 4 percent have completed the process of getting an AT HOP Gold card.

Another 10,258 or almost 9 percent have begun the changeover.

Auckland Transport began the campaign after the Ministry of Social Development, which runs the Supergold scheme, declined on privacy grounds to mail out information to all affected cardholders.

The agency is providing information packs for those who phone or turn up at a service centre, but Supergold card holders have to turn up in person to at least begin the process.

Hopefully the lack of signups will mean a reduction in the awful cost of this stupid policy.

If anyone should get a gold card it should be smokers…they never make it to old age to take free transport…and they paid way more taxes than anyone else.


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