Plans to set up ticket machines

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service & Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in discussions with government MP Robin Politini Jnr during a break in the parliamentary sitting yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

GOVERNMENT is holding talks with Vodafone Fiji on setting up eTransport vending machines.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the comment in Parliament on Wednesday, saying the vending machines would be placed at bus stations, supermarkets and shopping areas.

“People can go in, you can put in your $5 like you go overseas when you buy your train tickets and you get vending machines. You put in your $5, you get a disposable $5 card or I put in my permanent card, I want to top it up so I put in my $5, it gets loaded,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“At the moment, Madam Speaker, they are looking at various suppliers.

So once that comes in, it makes it a lot easier too.

So we can, for example, put that up at Nadi airport and various other places.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the dual payment method of a cash system and the usage of eTransport card would not be implemented anymore because it would not work.

He said Government and Vodafone were working together to expand the top agent footprint in the country through cooperative stores in rural areas and other places.

“Also now, Vodafone has launched what we call ‘mobile conductors’. I do not know if you have seen them or not, they are in fact going to hire about 100 of them,” he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said these conductors would be able to do card top-ups, sell disposable cards and could be identified easily as they would be wearing Vodafone T-shirts and caps.

He said this way, bus drivers did not have to handle cash.