The sustainability of current funding levels for the free travel scheme has been questioned after a 16 per cent increase in journeys taken by pass holders on public and private transport services was recorded last year.
Figures published by the National Transport Authority show 30.4 million trips were made under the scheme in 2018 – 4.2 million more journeys than the previous year.
There are currently about 948,000 individuals who have been issued with free travel passes – up from 813,000 five years ago.
According to the NTA, a total of 166,150 new passes were issued last year – up 3 per cent on 2017 figures.
Better recording is probally a major part.
How ironic of FF to made such a statement, the burden has been on fare payers since introduced.