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Height limit of train half fare for children goes up

 

Height limit of train half fare for children goes upChina Ministry of Railway has given an official notice that from December 21, 2008, the height limit of train half fare for children passengers should go up from 1.4 meters to 1.5 meters.

In the past, when a child of height between 1.1 meters to 1.4 meters, he or she can enjoy a half price passenger ticket of hard seat, express train or air-conditioned seat if he or she is accompanied by an adult. If he or she is height over the 1.4 meters limit, a full adult fare should be paid. An adult passenger can bring a child whose height shorter than 1.1 meters for free, if over one child, the exceeding numbers should buy half price passenger tickets.

The new height limit standard to be implemented on December 21 is set on actual tallness measured of children whose have their shoes taken off, that is, the range for half fare is from 1.1 meters to 1.5 meters, a ten-centimeter increment compared the old regulation.

The new regulation is that children of height 1.1 to 1.5 meters should be accompanied by adult when buying tickets. They cannot alight later then the adult when they arrived. An adult passenger can bring a child whose height shorter than 1.1 meters for free, if over one child, the exceeding numbers should buy half price passenger tickets. Full ticket should be obtained when a child of height is shorter than 1.1 meters occupies a bed alone.

"This is very good for social development," said a passenger Mr. Wang, "nowadays children have good diet and nutrition, also they grow up faster and earlier than those in the past. The old rule implemented ten years ago was according to the living condition and children physical situation at that time. It is out of date now."

But some hold different views, "It isn't quite scientific that the new regulation doesn't use age as free or half fare standard. It will be much convenient for children of the same ages to have same treatment regardless their heights," said one passenger.

 

 

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