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E-ticket awareness lacking

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, February 14, 2013

THE e-ticket concept is here to stay but in Vanua Levu groups of villagers are still unaware of it and its implication on their lives.

In fact, villagers have raised their concerns that awareness on the issue has not reached them.

With only two weeks away from the mandatory use of the e-ticketing cards, some villagers still don't even know what the cards are for.

Trips made by The Fiji Times around the Northern Division lately was met with queries about the e-ticketing cards, particularly from villages far from town.

In the Buca Bay area, Temo Solimailepanoni said the younger generation knew the details of e-ticketing but the elders felt left out.

He said no awareness was held in the area so villagers could raise queries on the new bus ticketing system.

But Land Transport Authority media officer Alfred Wiliame said awareness had been done through the media.

"However, we are planning to send out teams to rural areas in the north to sit with villagers and discuss the new system," Mr Wiliame said.

"We have not done that as we need to train people first before sending them out. We have had talk-back shows on radio stations and used other means of promotion through the media but not an awareness yet with villagers and we will do that," he said.





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