Fine Gael Senator John McGahon is calling for the National Transport Authority (NTA) to introduce a three-day tax saver ticket to give commuters more flexibility and value for money.
Senator McGahon, who is based in Louth, said, “During my very first week in the Seanad, I advocated for the introduction of a three-day tax saver ticket as a result of more people working from home. I spent seven years commuting from Dundalk to Dublin and the Tax Saver Ticket was a huge benefit and helped me save a substantial cost.
“However, Covid-19 has changed the working life of so many commuters. More and more people are working from home and we need to reflect what has become the new working norm.
“If you travel to work on Irish Rail, Dublin City Bus, the Luas or provincial bus operators you are entitled to avail of a monthly or annual Tax Saver Ticket. The cost is deducted directly from the employee’s gross salary, and savings of between 28.5% and 52% can be made off the regular price, depending on ticket type and your tax band.
“I now believe the NTA now need to consider introducing a three-day tax saver ticket which will benefit commuters who may only need to be in their office one or two days a week.
“By introducing a Tax Saver ticket, we are providing much needed flexibility for thousands for commuters around the country while saving them money at the same time.”
Senator McGahon has written to the Chair of the NTA, Fred Barry, requesting a meeting about how to proceed with introducing a three-day ticket.
“I have set up an online petition with the view of getting as many online signatures as possible from commuters right across the country with a few to presenting this to the National Transport Authority.
“The petition can be found at: https://www.change.org/p/national-transport-authority-introduction-of-a-3-day-tax-saver-ticket-for-commuters
“This is a simple solution that will benefit thousands of commuters right across Ireland. It also makes sense for the NTA as it will entice people back on to public transport as we deal with living alongside Covid-19,” Senator McGahon concluded.