According to the Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis, there will be 75 percent discount on bus and rail fares for elderly people of age above 65 years and for students below 26 years of age from 10 June. He said that the current discount will remain and children of age less than six years would continue to travel for free.
The Minister of Transport, Dan Tok has said before the cabinet meeting that the support to seniors should be there. "The second thing is to support students as it is a new generation. Europe is making interesting discounts for young people and students, it is right for the Czech Republic to join," he added.
The Ministry assumes that these decisions will be accepted by the haulers in agreement with the customer. "The possibility of limiting the provision of a discount would be limited by a certain percentage of all carrier connections," the ministry wrote. A specific percentage is not yet given.
According to ODS deputy chairman Zbynek Stanjura, "The government without confidence has obviously been inspired by Slovakia, but this measure has not brought positive impacts because people do not want to ride crowded trains, so they return to their own car," he said.
Babis last week after the Cabinet meeting said that the government in this year's state budget has found savings of 8.4 billion crowns. From this money, the cabinet wants to give four billion riders to repair 2nd and 3rd class roads, he said. The rest of the money he uses, for example, is just for fare discounts.
This approved measure is to improve the availability of public transport for defined passenger groups, which generally have a higher proportion of low-income people. At the same time, the Ministry of Transport wants to stimulate the use of public transport by young people.