If there is one thing that the Peters’ Party election bribe of free public transport for the elderly did it was prove that incentives work.
Card holders can travel at no cost to themselves so they do for a whole variety of reasons, not all of which could be regarded as worthy of taxpayer largesse.
Among the beneficiaries are wealthy people who live or holiday on Waiheke Island and are able to enjoy free transport to and from Auckland on the ferries.
A review of what the card will cover includes the eligibility of some high cost services, including the Waiheke ferry and not before time.
It’s debatable whether untargeted free public transport is the best use of money for the elderly, especially when few people outside the main centres have access to it. But even if there is a case for blanket cover, it ought to exclude the ferries.