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[VIC] Free Public Transport on Christmas Day (All Day) and New Years Eve (after 6pm) 2019

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So I was reading the Victorian Fares and Ticketing Manual 2019 (as you do) and came across this on page 27

Free Travel Days

Christmas Day and New Year's Eve

On the following listed days and times, all customers will be entitled to free travel on all public transport services in Victoria, including:

  • Metropolitan trains, trams and buses
  • V/Line Regional trains (economy class only) and coaches
  • Regional town and intertown buses (both myki and non-myki)

Christmas Day on 25 December 2019 from the first to the last service.
New Year’s Eve from 6 pm on 31 December 2019 to 6 am on 1 January 2020

Free travel entitlements apply to travel within Victoria only.

On the above listed days

  • customers using a myki card are not required to touch on and off and will not be charged if they do touch on and off;
  • customers travelling on non-myki V/Line services must obtain a free ticket for the service prior to travelling. Reservations are required on some non-myki V/Line train and coach services;
  • no ticket is required for regional town and intertown bus services.

myki Pass holders are not eligible for reimbursement for the above free travel days.

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Comments

  • +8 votes

    This belongs in the forums.

    Public transport is always free on Xmas day and New Years in Melbourne.

    • +2 votes

      Melbourne
      Victoria
      FIFY :)

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      one may not know.

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      If you read it you will find that it doesn't say it will always be free from now onwards. There is no claim that it is an ongoing deal. it lists specific dates on which it is active so it is a bargain and seams to belongs here

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        it lists specific dates on which it is active

        that's because the actual dates change each year, but it is always on xmas eve and new year's day…

  • +8 votes

    "came across this on page 27"

    (profanity) you must be bored.

    • +1 vote

      Page 176/177 is also good:

      “bus” means —
      (a ) a motor vehicle that has been built —
      (i ) with seating positions for 10 or more adults (including the driver); and
      (ii ) to comply with the requirements specified in the Australian Design Rules for a passenger omnibus (within the meaning of those Rules);
      (b ) a motor vehicle prescribed to be a bus;
      (c ) a motor vehicle which the Safety Director has declared to be a bus under section 7(1) — but does not include — *****
      (e ) a motor vehicle prescribed not to be a bus;
      (f ) a motor vehicle which the Safety Director has declared not to be a bus;
      (g) a vehicle known as a Hummer;

      Examples
      1. A passenger car modified to have more than 9 seats (for example, a stretch limousine) is not a bus.
      2. A motor vehicle that is built as a bus but which has had seats removed so that it seats less than 10 adults is still a bus.
      3. A motor vehicle built overseas as a bus is a bus unless it is a motor vehicle built to be a Hummer.

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        1. A motor vehicle built overseas as a bus is a bus unless it is a motor vehicle built to be a Hummer.

        lol

        1. A motor vehicle that is built as a bus but which has had seats removed so that it seats less than 10 adults is still a bus.

        Didn't know this… What legislation is this?

        Edit:
        Comes from Bus Safety Act 2009, copied to the manual

  • +1 vote

    Isn't the cost for this always $0 on Christmas day & NYE ?

  • -1 vote

    It is. Do parking inspectors work on christmas and new years. Where i work we have some parking with no days on it which would mean limits still apply. Wondering if anyone has been fined for parking on those days

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      Found an article from the age
      https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/public-holiday-p...

      What's a public (parking) holiday?

      Free parking is available on gazetted public holidays, as decided by the state government. Christmas Day and Boxing Day are public holidays, therefore some parking is free.

      Remember, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve are not public holidays, but New Year's Day is a public holiday.

      Where can you park for free?

      It's all about finding parking signs with days of the week on them.

      If you see a sign specifying a day (or days) of the week – for example two-hour parking Monday to Friday – you've hit the jackpot. You can park in that spot all day for free on a public holiday, even if there is a meter.

      This applies to red signs, green signs, timed parking signs, clearways, loading zones, disability spots and no standing signs, provided they state days of the week.

      Where you must pay and observe time limits

      Parking signs with a time limit but no days of the week must be adhered to, whether it's a public holiday or not.

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      According to the City of Melbourne
      https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/parking-and-transport/parki...

      Parking on public holidays

      Good news! Some parking signs don’t apply on a public holiday, and when they don’t, it means you can park for free and for as long as you like.

      This is explained in Road Rule 318, which applies throughout Victoria.

      Identifying whether the sign has a day of the week shown on it is the key to figuring out whether it applies on a public holiday.

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    Can't we book vline services online for 25th? Tried but it shows as no services on that day

  • -1 vote

    Erm how about Halloween?

  • +1 vote

    In more concerning news, there's only 64 days until christmas.

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    Why does VIC get it but not Sydney? How is the government in Vic different to the government in Sydney?

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    Thanks for sharing OP! Heading down to Melb for Xmas and didn't have a clue about this, so thanks for sharing.

    • -1 vote

      so thanks for sharing.

      Maybe check OzSharing for more stuff shared…

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