About the project
Based on anecdotal reports, Western Community Legal Centre investigated experiences of public transport travel, fares and infringements for young people between the ages of 14 to 17 years, travelling to and from school in the west of Melbourne. The Children and Young Persons Infringement Notice System (CAYPINS) was also investigated, which involved tracing the way this system works from the issue of an infringement through to the outcome when an unpaid fine makes its way to the Children’s Court and a magistrate orders the issue of a warrant.
Outcome of the project
According to client data and anecdotal evidence, the project findings show significant problems with public transport fares and fines for young people aged 14 to 17 years travelling to and from school. Travel to and from school on the Victorian public transport system is costly for a significant number of students in the west of Melbourne, creating transport poverty'.
The findings suggest that transport poverty results in contact with the infringements system, which is complex and a source of social hardship for young people. This results in young people missing school, potential homelessness and emotional distress.
The report Fare Go: MYKI, transport poverty and access to education on Melbourne’s West makes nine recommendations for improving young people’s access to public transport and the CAYPINS system.