The Case for Privatisation

The majority of the routes except mine, contends A.J.  Rutherford

Don’t get me wrong: I love public transport. I catch the 343 every morning. It goes straight from my front door to uni. I pay my fare, and I thank the driver as I get off.

However, public transport is a public good. This is why we must privatise it. All of it. Except the 343. A problem faced by any public good is the ‘free rider’ effect, which, I would like to point out, is actually named after the problem of people riding for free on public transport.

I see this every morning, as young men with long hair step onto the bus and make a falsetto ding as they pretend to ‘tap on’. They’re not fooling anyone, not me, not the bus driver and not all the honest taxpayers who watch their shame.

This is the cancer that spreads through all welfare programmes. Hardworkers must cover the cost of free riders.

And there is no limit to the number of free riders: they breed very quickly and their morals are contagious, like their diseases. Eventually nobody will pay for the bus, except me.

Only the free market can efficiently protect public transport. Privatisation of Sydney’s public transport will make it more efficient: the routes will be more logical, the services will be more reliable, the profit margins will be higher.

Except for the 343 because it is running fine already.

I pay my fares and so does the old man in a tweed jacket I spoke to at my Willoughby bus stop. But privatisation of every other route, especially in the west, where nobody pays their bus fares, makes the system fairer for all.

The NSW government needs to step in and privatise public transport in Sydney, except the 343.