E-TICKETING or E-MISERY for the TRAVELLING PUBLIC: Its insane to insist that everyone must have a Vodafone travel card to hop on, hop off buses in Fiji, and NO CASH will be accepted - not everyone regular rider
Fijileaks: Will FFP government order every bus in Fiji to fit ramps for disabled passengers since it boasts its champion of non-discrimination? Bus companies received 18c per litre rebate on fuel in return for concessionary fares for school children. This agreement was particularly beneficial to bus companies without school routes
The only beneficiary of the e-ticketing are Vodafone with thousands of dollars pouring into their bank account and the Government which claims it will help FIRCA to monitor income of bus operators - as if its the drivers who are thieves. What about someone who hitches a lift into town and wants to hop on a bus back home? He or she must not be forced to carry a card around the clock. What about a chief who has been drinking home brew under a mango tree in another village and has left his travel card at home? What about villagers and rural dwellers who might be only coming for a day to visit someone in hospital, relatives or attending a funeral? Why should they be ordered to have a compulsory Vodafone travel card? There are hundreds of other instances and examples which has not been thought through by this Government. How many Government Ministers, including Bainimarama and Khaiyum, will be using public transport? Zilch! What about poor households who can't afford to put food on the table but who will have to fork out money to ensure every family member has a pre-loaded electronic value Vodafone CARD to travel on public buses? We call upon all political parties, especially FFP, to reveal if among the party donors were bus operators, who seem to have blamed 'thieving bus drivers' for financial black holes!
VODAFONE STORES OPENING HOURS: 8AM TO 5PM
"E-ticketing has been introduced as one of the means to prevent revenue leakage in the bus industry and to ensure there is transparency in revenue reporting by bus operators. The system will allow the Government, LTA and other regulatory agencies to make accurate assessment of operators’ revenue /financial status..."
UNHEALTHY EXAMPLE: Health Minister Rosy Akbar flouting traffic laws and parked without any TICKET!!!!!!!
eTransport is a government regulated fare payment system that now requires the travelling public to pay their bus fare through an electronic means. From 1st of October, 2017, passengers on public buses will no longer be allowed to pay their bus fare using cash. Cash fare will be completely replaced with an electronic ticketing system.
The travelling public in London are required to use Oyster card, Visitor Oyster card or contactless payment card to ensure that millions of people are transported faster from point A to Z. This writer, however, has experienced the trickery some retail outlets employ when approached to top up an Oyster card for a pound or two; since the commission they get is minimal, the retail outlets would claim either the machine is not working or they are too busy. The moment you mention how about over five pounds, they will immediately drop everything and run and top up your Oyster card.
As a committed environmental campaigner I always cycle but in certain cases (like extreme bad weather etc) I take the bus and pay the driver:
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