FBOA hopes to resolve e-Transport card issues

FBOA president Richard Lal (left) with executive committee members of the FBOA. Picture: TIMOCI VULA

SOME eight months after the introduction of e-Transport around the country, the Fiji Bus Operators Association hopes to remove the necessity of driver intervention with the introduction of tap-on, tap-off for cards.

FBOA president Richard Lal said this would ensure fares were calculated accurately.

And he says that they are hoping the July 1 deadline will be met for when the tap on, tap off will be introduced, which he adds will resolve many of the issues that still hamper the full potential of e-Transport.

“FBOA continues to address these outstanding matters with the relevant stakeholders. This work has to continue,” Mr Lal said.

He said this situation was unacceptable “as we are now in the eighth month of using the e-Transport system and still face loss of revenue.

Noting the theme of its annual event seven years ago on paradigm shift, he said they had now begun to witness that shift become a reality, the major change being the nationwide roll- out  of electronic ticketing from October 2017.

“It may not have been a completely smooth process, but electronic ticketing has been successfully introduced and the executive committee is continuing to work with stakeholders and regulators to iron out certain issues,” Mr Lal said.

“One of those issues is sale of disposable cards by drivers and we are hoping this is addressed so we can become fully cashless on buses.”

A more in-depth discussion on this issue is expected to be generated at the convention that is underway at the Novotel in Lami today.

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