The Taipei City Government yesterday announced an implementation plan that would require students in the country’s major metropolises to register for student EasyCards, which provide discounts on bus fares.
The new registration requirement comes after non-student use of the EasyCard. Beginning in December, Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung plan to introduce the new registration process with the aid of city Public Transportation offices.
According to the head of planning for the city’s Public Transportation Office, last year in Taipei alone 10.3% of student EasyCard users were unable to present a student ID when asked.
In a report from the Taipei Times, the Public Transportation office reported that about 500,000 of the 843,000 middle, senior-high school and college students in the three cities have student IDs that also function as EasyCards. The remainder use special student EasyCards to receive the transit discount.
Some of the EasyCards are yet to have chips and do not require registration. When the new registration process begins, however, all student EasyCards sold will have chips that can be used for registration.
Any new student EasyCards purchased after December will have to be registered within 20 days if users are to qualify for the discount. As of October of 2015, all unregistered cards will cease to provide a student discount.
In a further effort to streamline the registration process for student EasyCards, the city intends to allow users to directly upload photos of their student ID. Previously, registration required mailing in ID photocopies.