Transportation

E-ticketing system for buses launched

The Government’s electronic ticketing plans for buses in Fiji finally got off the ground today.

Staff Writers

July 28, 2017 2:11 pm

From August 01, buses around the country will accept fare payments through the use of an “eTransport” card supplied by Vodafone Fiji.

Commuters will still be able to use cash until October 1, after which payments can only be made using the electronic card.

At the launch today, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the new ticketing system will boost tax revenues and provide data for national planning.
At the launch today, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the new ticketing system would boost tax revenues and provide data for national planning.

One valid photo ID and a completed registration form are needed to obtain the card from Vodafone outlets at no cost.  The Ministry of Education will distribute cards to students through schools.

A “disposable” version of the card, aimed at tourists, is available without registration for $2.

Bus commuters in Fiji can get an eTransport card from Vodafone outlets Fiji wide, at no cost.
Bus commuters in Fiji can get an eTransport card from Vodafone outlets Fiji wide at no cost.

Vodafone will provide the first replacement card also at no cost, however, subsequent replacement cards will cost $5.  The minimum top up amount is $2.

Vodafone Fiji says it had invested more than $6 million into the eTicketing system from Hong Kong supplier, Tap2Pay.
Vodafone Fiji says it had invested more than $6 million into the e-ticketing system from Hong Kong supplier, Tap2Pay.

Vodafone Fiji CEO, Pradeep Lal said the e-ticketing system was sourced from a reputable supplier and is in use in over 20,000 buses worldwide.

Vodafone Fiji staff demonstrating the new machines that will be installed in buses and top up outlets throughout Fiji.
Vodafone Fiji staff was demonstrating the new machines that will be installed in buses and top up outlets throughout Fiji.

The mobile operator has imported 1700 terminals for buses and 1000 point of sale systems to be used for topping up the card.

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