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Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today held a meeting with the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) and Vodafone Fiji to discuss protocol issues and other aspects relating to electronic ticketing (E-ticketing). The A-G called on the bus operators and Vodafone to work together and be solution-driven for the commencement of e-ticketing from 1 August, 2017. He said after 1st August, the law allows the stakeholders 60 days to make adjustments. For 60 days both e-ticketing and cash system will be allowed, but from 1st October, everybody will be using e-ticketing. “There are various aspects of standards that need to be adhered to under the E-ticketing Act. FBOA and bus operators had been requested to come up with various protocols to be implemented. We will have the amendments done. Also, to include in the protocols that non-adherence to any of the regulations will impose certain penalties on the bus operators,” the A-G said. He stressed that the interest of the travelling public must be protected at all times. “We need to see the plan in terms of the roll-out, we need to see what kind of promotions Vodafone will have and we need to get the people to buy into the system.” The E-ticketing machines to be used by Vodafone are T3, which will arrive in the third week of this month. E-Ticketing cards, which will be distributed for free, will also be arriving soon and Vodafone will start registration with schools and other customers. “We will have 1600 E-ticketing POS terminals made available for people to top up their cards. We will have the tap-on system with driver intervention. Cards for school students will be different,” Vodafone chief executive officer, Mr Pradeep Lal said. “In the next few weeks, we will be creating awareness and educating customers about the processes. We are working closely with Government and the FBOA on this. Temporary or disposable cards will also be made available for tourists.”   [Source: Fijian Government]

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