Comment 84046

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted December 17, 2012 at 16:05:44 in reply to Comment 84044

One of the little known facts about the Voluntary Pay scheme has been forgotten in the debate over how much blind users should pay.

I was invited to participate in a focus group for the IBI report, and a visually impaired participant complained about the "four legged cane scam" and suggested the HSR could save a lot of money by stopping it.

Under the "Voluntary Pay" scheme anyone who boards with a four-legged cane can ride for free. So, for the price of a cane (as little as $20) the dishonest get unlimited free bus rides.

Since then I have seen this scam in operation numerous times in downtown Hamilton: someone gets off the bus with a four-legged cane and as soon as the bus pulls away they walk off briskly with the cane tucked under their arm! This explains in part why you see so many people with four-legged canes waiting for the bus in downtown Hamilton ...

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2012-12-17 16:06:20

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