PM BAINIMARAMA LAUNCHES E-CARD FOR BUS SERVICES
Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today officiated at the launch of the E-Card for bus services at the Suva bus stand.
From today onwards, passengers will only use the electronic-ticketing system for bus services.
While speaking at the launch, the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the system was implemented to bring about transparency and accountability of the daily takings of the bus industry.
The A-G also clarified at the event that if a passenger boards the bus and the bus does not have the e-ticketing machine installed, or if the machine is not working, the bus driver will have to allow the passenger on the bus for free.
He highlighted that if this is not done, a penalty will be imposed on the bus driver and the bus company.
The e-cards are color-coded to indicate if the passenger is a senior citizen, a person with disability, a school student or a general passenger. Disposable cards will also be made available at Vodafone outlets or on the bus.
The A-G said the aim of the initiative is to protect the travelling public.
The system is administered by Vodafone Fiji, which has issued more than 600,000 registered e-cards so far.
[Information sourced from here]