THE Land Transport Authority is appealing to parents and schools making the change to e-ticketing to take responsibility and ownership of the process to ensure a smooth transition from the voucher system.
Speaking to The Fiji Times LTA spokesman Alfred Wiliame said since the e-ticketing system operated on having correct data of students, it was important for schools to ensure the proper data was provided.
"We would also like to ask parents to please ensure they and the teachers take responsibility for the cards being used as these will be issued to primary school students who have a tendency to misplace things," Mr Wiliame said.
He said the e-ticketing process was facing some minor issues like incorrect names of students being provided, duplication of cards and ensuring right cards were issued to the right students.
However he said the LTA was working with the Ministry of Education to ensure a smooth transition.
"We are currently monitoring Tacirua buses and the schools using this bus company should have everything complete by this week," he said
"The vouchers for Adi Cakobau School should also cease from today and they should be using the cards by this afternoon but we will be doing another check on this," he said.
He said six bus companies — Tebara Transport, Shore Buses, Tacirua Transport, Island Buses, Central Transport and Citiline Bus Services Limited — would have the e-ticketing consoles by the end of October.
"By November 23, the e-ticketing system is expected to be completed in the West and North but until them we will work to complete the process in the Central/Eastern Division," he said.
He said LTA had identified over 2000 subsidised students and would complete the e-ticketing process with them first.
Mr Wiliame also said Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) and phone company Foneology were identified as solution providers for the e-ticketing cards.