‘Everyone do the Myki hunch’ – it’s the only way for a person of average height to read the touchscreen on the ticket machine.
It doesn’t matter which station you visit, craning your neck is mandatory to read the screen when you are trying to top up your Myki.
In face, you should count yourself lucky you aren’t trying to read the touchscreen while the morning sun is shining onto it!
The reason the screens are so low – the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 requires all transport ticketing equipment to be accessible to all, at a height of around 80 to 90 centimetres. The point of Myki observing this makes no sense – once you’ve bought a card the Myki readers are located 1.1 metres above the ground and can’t be reached by a person in a wheelchair!
What a joke…
To make up for the excessively tall Myki readers that passengers with disabilities might not be able to reach, the government created the ‘Access Travel Pass‘: a Myki with unlimited free travel loaded on it, and the touch on / touch off requirement removed.