Fianna Fáil Councillor for Palmerstown-Fonthill, Shane Moynihan, has welcomed the recent decision by the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide extensions, and in some cases, refunds for tickets provided under the TaxSaver scheme for commuters who use Dublin Bus, Luas and Irish Rail but who are unable to travel to work for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cllr Moynihan said ‘I wrote to the National Transport Authority a month ago and asked for this decision to be made. I welcome the announcement and it will be a source of relief for commuters in my own area of Lucan, Palmerstown and Clondalkin as well as right across Dublin”
The NTA announced that holders of TaxSaver tickets will be offered months-in-lieu for travel that was unable to take place during COVID-19 restrictions, or where someone has lost their job, they will be entitled to a refund.
“I have always held that It is unfair to ask commuters to pre-pay for travel that will never take place when there is restricted travel to work. I am glad that the NTA agrees with that view now”. “I am delighted that my lobbying has paid off and delivered a serious result for hard pressed families in my constituency.” He added “Now, as we move towards the phased reopening of the economy, we need to have to move towards a city where public transport and cycling are the norm rather than the exception.”