THE e-ticketing system will be made compulsory once the National Switch Decree is gazetted by the government.
When asked about an update on the system, LTA chief executive Naisa Tuinaceva told this newspaper in Labasa they were waiting for the decree to be gazetted.
"The system will come under the decree and right now, we are just waiting for government's announcement to gazette it," he said.
"All the e-ticketing work that was handled by the Transport Ministry and the LTA has been completed and this includes the codes of practice, certification processes, the regulations and laws of the system. Once the decree is gazetted, the system will immediately be made compulsory and this will mean that everyone will have to use the cards."
Mr Tuinaceva said they implemented the system not only because of its efficiency but also to help bus operators.
"We are trying to bring about a more efficient move into our bus fare system because this will help bus operators get all their money at the end of every business day.
"Also, this system has been designed to control the problems of bus fare being stolen or diverted into other purposes.
"The system is not a failure because other countries that have been using it have benefited from it. Right now, people can still use cash to pay for their fares."