No Charge on Egged, Light Rail for Open Baby Carriages

YERUSHALAYIM -

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz signed an order Monday exempting open baby carriages from payment on buses and the Light Rail.

The exemption applies to city buses — not intercity ones — and the Light Rail, at all hours, except for 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

A court petition filed last year argued that parents traveling with children under the age of 5 on public transportation were actually paying twice, because unless the carriage was folded and the parent held the child on his lap, the child did not ride free  as do children under 5.

The lawyers said that in addition to the expense incurred by young families, who are largely on the lower end of the socioeconomic scale, it is also discrimination against young families, because people who bring shopping carriages on board, for example, did not need to pay an additional fare. Also, obese passengers who take up two seats do not pay two fares.

The order still requires the signature of Finance Minister Yair Lapid, which is expected by the end of the month.