kids paying adult fares

@nhtpscd (1418)
Australia
December 24, 2006 7:42pm CST
Who else things kids shouldn't have to pay adult fares at the age of 14. Here in Australia it seems that the majority of companies charge full price for 14 year olds to go on public transport and admission to certain places if they haven't got student i.d on them. Mean to say the age that you are classed as an adult over here is 18. Is it the same in yout Contry. let me know
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42 responses
• United States
25 Dec 06
A lot of places here in Kansas categorize you as an adult at the age of 12, which I have always found strange, to say the least. a 12-year-old can't vote or go to an R-rated movie, so why should they pay full price, when their 11-year-old sibling gets in for half-price. The system definitely needs some tweaking, I think.
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• Philippines
25 Dec 06
Regarding fares, here in the Philippines, usually bus companies has measurement of height. It's the height that counts, not the age. If you reach the height for full pay, then you have to pay full even if you are below 18 years of age; half for lower and free for those still really children including those on the bosom of their parents or guardians. Students and elderlies have special discounts of 20%. The age of majority here is 18 years old.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
I never though of the height side My son is very tall at 15 but my daughter is short at 16 and my thirteen yr old is very tiny.
• India
25 Dec 06
instead of 14 years why cant it could be 10 years for child !
@ryan444 (207)
• United States
26 Dec 06
Most people pay full price in the United States over 10 or 12 I find. Childrens menus usually stop around that age. I mean its not such a great thing but hey they should pay more if they eat more.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
26 Dec 06
thanks for the reply all those above except for the one that plays cut copy paste. I hope he gets caught.
• China
25 Dec 06
Of course not. Here in my city, kids under 12 are free to take a bus or other public transport. And they are charged half price, when they are between 12 and 16 years old, but they have to bring a student Id card with them.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
26 Dec 06
You are one of the lucky ones. Thanks for the reponse ant all those to whom I haven't thanked yet
• United States
25 Dec 06
One word greed.Most company's try to get away with everthing.chargeing kids for adult fares.kicking mothers out of the hospital the day after giving birth,or lieing to stock holders about the books.GREED pure and simple.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
yep I feel that way too
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
25 Dec 06
That's still not bad, here in america most places charge kids at a very young age adult fares, especially plane fares.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
yep we have it with airfares too
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
25 Dec 06
in some places of Brazil the person nor if worries about this, therefore the important one is profits. But in others a concern with the age of a young exists, therefore generally the fiscalization goes until the place and verifies if some person with little age in the place exists that is not allowed.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
I think profits are what makes the fares here too
25 Dec 06
In London children under 16 yr olds can travel free on trains and buses. 17 & 18 yr olds in full time education can also travel free with id cards. This sounds good but, the fare prices have risen to such an extent that really we are now paying for their fares. Also when you reach 60 you get a free bus pass that can be used in off-peak periods. However, nothing is free in this country and our useless Mayor Ken Livingstone has introduced a congestion charge. If you want to now drive into London, you have to pay £8 a day. So they always get the money some how. England used to have a publically owned bus service but now it is privatised like yours. This allows them to do what they want and put the fares up when they want.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
I only wish it was free here as a single mom it would help
• United States
25 Dec 06
Maybe they shouldn't pay full adult fares, but they should definitely pay more than a child's fare. 14 year olds for the most part are almost adults and I know many who are as big as adults.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
thanks for the reply. But I think it is unfair as these kids don't have income. So the parents have to pay for them.
@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I don't have teenagers, so I'm not sure about how it is here in the U.S., but my opinion is that they are not adults until they are 18; therefore they should not be charged adult fares when they are still children. That's a double standard, and it's not fair. The same happens here with the senior citizens; some places have Senior Citizen Days where they get discounts on shopping at department stores, discount oil changes for the car, or reduced meal prices at restaurants. But every place has a different age requirement. I've seen anything from 57 years to 65 years. If the age of retirement is 65, shouldn't the special rates apply at that age?
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
25 Dec 06
yep we have pensioner days over here too with some places. But for them I do think it is fair. They have contributed in taxes and things for a long time.
@rosebug23 (1909)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
I get really annoyed with the childrens fares, it should be uniform for transport ,movies,the show,Zoo,theme parkes all have different ages for fares.the age should be standard. Most seem to think that kids should have to pay full fare because they are so big these days i think that is so unfair. My grandson is thirteen and 5'8" why should my daughter be punished and have to pay full fare. It is expensive enough to raise kids these days and then to expect her to have to pay full fare is wrong and would make it so much harder for parents and families
@beverly1 (1131)
• United States
26 Dec 06
i dont relly know some place charge adult fares and other dont
• Canada
26 Dec 06
Yes its same in my country!
@menaku (25)
• Philippines
25 Dec 06
same with our country, philippines, they will only give discounts if you have a student ID but if not then you have to pay the exact amount
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
25 Dec 06
Here in the US the age is 13. I hardly think a 13 year old is an adult! I think if the child is under 18 and is accompanied by an adult they should pay a childs fare. If they are 16 and independant and not with an adult they should pay the adult fare. I have no idea who decides what the adult age is for fares, but you are not an adult for anything else in this country unless you are 18 or older. The standard should be the same for fares.
• Canada
25 Dec 06
Well in Quebec if you're student or 65 years or older, you can get a special card which gives you the right to use reduced fare.
@ichigo111 (491)
• Canada
25 Dec 06
Here in Toronto,Canada we have the highest rate in the world as in terms of public transportation. :(
• Hong Kong
25 Dec 06
Transportation fares in HONG KONG is even worse actually for those who are over 12yeaars old they need to pay full fares except from MTR(railways).They need to pay full fares in tram , bus almost every transport needs to pay full fare.
@utsadetti (4593)
• United States
25 Dec 06
yeah, it's a pity.
@UcoksBaBa (802)
• Indonesia
25 Dec 06
In my country of Indonesia the under age child for the measurement 5 years in released to not pay the cost when travelling by the bus and on 5 years continue to in asked for the cost when climb onto or travelling by a bus.