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Bus cards run out

Ropate Valemei
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

E-TICKETING cards are out of stock at card retailers around Fiji.

The development comes after an unprecedented high number of people turned up to purchase the e-ticketing cards. As a result, the initial stock of 100,000 cards has run out earlier than expected.

In a joint statement, LTA and Vodafone said there were no more cards on hand to be issued until new stocks arrive.

The LTA assured members of the public they will not be disadvantaged in any way because Vodafone has agreed to extend the $2 per card offer for the period the card is out of stock.

Head of the e-tcketing project at Vodafone Shailendra Prasad said while it was unfortunate that the cards had run out, it was also a very good sign of people's support of e-ticketing given that 100,000 cards had been snapped up in just few weeks.

"Vodafone had ordered ample stock to last up to two months at the initial price of $10. However, the reduction in price from $10 to $2 per card meant there was a rush from the members of the public to get their cards and the unprecedentedly higher than expected demand meant the card ran out before the next batch could arrive."

Mr Prasad said Vodafone placed orders for the second batch of cards straight after the $2 card price was announced.

"However, the factory closure in China for their annual Spring Festival and Chinese New Year did not help the cause.

"This had slightly delayed the arrival of the cards which is now expected to be in by the second week of March."

Once the cards were in stock, he said Vodafone would advise members of the public accordingly.

Vodafone is also expected to assemble and train a few more teams to beef up the manpower so that more issuing outlets and roadshow teams are mobilised to speed up the card registration process.

"Vodafone apologises for any inconvenience caused to the members of the public and appreciates their understanding and patience."


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