2023 residents travel subsidy?

Discount at point of purchase promised

Parliamentary deputy for Madeira, Patrícia Dantas, asking about the resident travel subsidy
Patrícia Dantas, parliamentary deputy for Madeira

“On January 1, 2023, will Madeirans have trips for 86 euros?”, asked the parliamentary deputy for Madeira, Patrícia Dantas, asking about the resident’s travel subsidy for islanders visiting the mainland at a hearing with the Minister of Infrastructure according to both local papers yesterday. 

Confronting, objectively, the Minister – and presenting all the documentation that is currently required for residents in the Region to be entitled to reimbursement of the Social Mobility Travel Subsidy on trips between the Region and the Portuguese mainland – Patrícia Dantas questioned, today, during the hearing in the Assembly of the Republic, whether or not there are guarantees that, on January 1, 2023 – as made public and provided for in the Decree of Law of March this year, where a transitional regime and a return to legislation were proposed 2015 – Madeirans will have a “more agile model of subsidization and with a discount at the time of purchase”.

Existing travel subsidy bureaucracy

At stake “is a long and not always easy bureaucratic process that Madeirans have to do whenever they travel and to retrieve what is rightfully theirs”, she underlines, in an opportunity in which she alluded, as an example, to all the difficulties that a family Madeiran (a couple and two children is the example she gave) has to face to travel to Lisbon. “From the start, you have to pay, at the start and in the normal season, €1,485, which represents well over half of the couple’s monthly net income, which follows, on the way back and at the end of the trip, great inconvenience to access the reimbursement. at CTT, not only from the point of view of the installed bureaucracy and the 21 documents that are necessary, considering the example given, and to which the originals of the identification documents are added, but also the time required to travel to the station”, she reasoned.

Having had to undertake this exercise on a number of occasions you do find yourself thinking is it worth the hassle – seems to take half a day every time. The other side of this is when visiting CTT for something you would routinely do at a post office, you get stuck in a queue behind somebody completing the travel subsidy reclaim paperwork.

“On January 1, 2023, will Madeirans have trips for 86 euros?”

Patrícia Dantas, who, after this explanation, recalled that the travel subsidy reality remains “contrary to what was promised and enacted in Law in 2019, where it was expected that State support would be deducted right from the acquisition of the ticket and that citizens would pay only their part: in this case, 344 euros and not around 1,500 euros”.

“It is essential to understand whether or not your Government guarantees that on January 1, 2023, Madeirans will even have an agile subsidy model and with the discount of the subsidy amount at the time of purchase that allows them to pay only 86 euros”, she reinforced, addressing the Minister, recalling that the solution to tghe travel subsidy is possible and must meet other interests such as those of airlines, travel agencies and payment entities.

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