Transportation

No bus fare needed for students without e-ticketing cards

The Fiji Bus Operators Association has agreed to allow school students to travel on buses even if they haven’t received their eTransport cards yet.

Staff Writers

October 1, 2017 6:54 pm

In a statement, the Government said the agreement with the bus operators came in light of Vodafone Fiji and the Ministry of Education still to have distributed the cards to all students in Fiji.

Passengers can only use the electronic-ticketing system for bus services from today.

While speaking at the launch, the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the system was implemented to bring about transparency and accountability of the daily takings of the bus industry.

The A-G also clarified at the event that if a passenger boards the bus and the bus does not have the e-ticketing machine installed, or if the machine is not working, the bus driver will have to allow the passenger on the bus for free.

PM Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the launch of the e-ticketing system for bus services at the Suva bus stand today. (DEPTFO).
PM Voreqe Bainimarama officiated at the launch of the e-ticketing system for bus services at the Suva bus stand today. (DEPTFO).

He highlighted that if this is not done, a penalty will be imposed on the bus driver and the bus company.

The e-cards were colour-coded to indicate if the passenger is a senior citizen, a person with a disability, a school student or a general passenger. Disposable cards will also be made available at Vodafone outlets or on the bus.

The A-G said the initiative aims to protect the travelling public.

The system is administered by Vodafone Fiji, which has issued more than 600,000 registered e-cards so far.

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