While the Highrise Myki cards are dealt with online, we also have a card for Little Jo. We don't have the details of the account and it is quite some time since she has used it.
What happens if you don't use your Myki card for three months? Well, I will tell you. The government will steal your money and you will have to add more money to it to travel again, and that could take days to register.
Not so, of course. Whatever balance is on your Myki card remains there. The only issue is when you top up your card online and then don't use the card for three months.
I thought there was a machine at Domain Interchange, but apparently not, so I remained on the tram to Flinders Street. I popped Little Jo's card onto the reader and quickly the balance showed in a positive enough way for future outings. Just for the heck of it, I added a dollar. The screen remained static. Why?
Firstly I had to do the Myki machine bend over. Secondly, while not in direct sun, I could not really see the screen very well. It is not bright enough. I had put on the appropriate distance spectacles. I lowered myself further. Oh my aching sacroiliac. Ah, I see. I have to press the OK button.
I have no issue with the machine function. It did as I thought it should.
R worked in the field of disability education for over twenty years. I have full sympathy for the disabled and I know their issues back to front. I note shops that are inaccessible to the disabled as I walk past them. I note carparks where roofs are too low for a mini bus used to carry disabled people. I note many areas where things are made harder for disabled people for no good reason.
But, should the majority be so disadvantaged by the height of these Myki machines for the benefit of a tiny percentage of people?
Melbourne under the evil Kennett empire bought cheap trams from Europe so that the disabled can access them, if there is a raised platform stop. The tram floors are low to the ground, at the expense of smooth riding and cornering. When they turn a corner, the wheels don't swivel but stay straight ahead. Imagine how that feels inside the tram and imagine what it does to the steel rails. You can actually see the bits of metal ground off when you cross the road at a corner where these trams run.
Disabled people do need to be able to get on and off trams, but not by buying rubbish trams and the whole tram does not need to be low, only the entrance or entrances. Nor should Myki machines have a screen two feet off the ground.