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There are controversial calls for the Victorian Government to scrap the free tram zone in Melbourne’s CBD.

It was introduced in 2015 to ease the cost of living pressures and covers the CBD grid and down to Docklands.

But the Bus Association of Victoria has told parliamentary inquiry into public transport they want to scrap the zone.

It claims the free transport encourages people to be “lazy” and jump on trams for short trips where they could easily walk.

The association says this causes overcrowding leaving people who really need them unable to get on board.

In 2018, Lord Mayor Sally Capp said she wanted to investigate expanding the free zone.

The free tram zone is popular among tourists and residents who do not use the transport regularly and may not have Myki cards.