As of 31st March, more than 125,000 applications for Public Transport Vouchers have been received this year at 107 community clubs (CCs) islandwide.
The Government has drawn down S$7.5 million from the Public Transport Fund to fund 250,000 Public Transport Vouchers worth S$30 each. The vouchers will be distributed throughout the year. The vouchers are to help needy families cope with the fare adjustment which took effect on 5th April.
To make it easier for residents to apply for the Public Transport Vouchers, the application process at the CCs was simplified this year. The information needed to fill up the application form has been kept to a minimum by using data which was captured in last year’s exercise.
Needy families who had received Public Transport Vouchers in last year’s exercise can also submit their applications for another voucher this year.
Grassroots leaders have shared with needy residents how to apply for the Public Transport Vouchers and helped them with the applications during regular house visits and at community events.
According to the Ministry of Transport, residents have welcomed the Public Transport Vouchers.
Mr Tan Kung Hock, 58, who applied for the Public Transport Voucher, said: “I submitted my application at Sengkang CC when the grassroots leaders who knew about my financial situation advised me to do so. The voucher helped to cover some of my daily transport cost. For needy residents like us, every little help counts.”
Each household will receive one Public Transport Voucher if they are successful. However, the Citizens’ Consultative Committees (CCCs) may exercise discretion to subsequently provide additional Public Transport Vouchers to households whom they deem need more help.
The People’s Association will continue to work with the CCCs to assist needy households in submitting their applications. Residents can also approach their grassroots leaders or make enquiries at their local CCs.