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Our Buses Must Move With The E-Ticket Times

Our bus industry needs to move with the times. And, e-ticketing is the future that everyone will need to adapt to. After a lapse of three years, Fiji Bus Operators
03 Dec 2016 11:00
Our Buses  Must Move  With The  E-Ticket  Times
E-ticketing

Our bus industry needs to move with the times. And, e-ticketing is the future that everyone will need to adapt to.

After a lapse of three years, Fiji Bus Operators Association have come to the negotiating table to push for the three service providers of the e-ticketing consoles to resolve issues they may have with each other.

Fact of the matter is that having more than one service provider will benefit the bus operators – they will be in a position to negotiate more services such as cameras in their buses as part of a deal with the service providers.

This in turn will lead to safer journeys for travellers.

The pros of installing e-ticketing consoles in our buses easily outweigh the cons.

To begin with, correct revenue will be collected. Correct taxes on income earned will be paid.

And, data will be collected in real time about the type of passengers that travel – for example, senior citizens, children, adults, etc.

Using this data, Social Welfare Department can pinpoint which areas have more senior citizens who commute in buses. Related investment in such areas would follow, no doubt.

Also, if a bus operator wants to invest in more new buses, they will know what type of buses to invest in for particular areas – where more wheelchair bound people reside, where more senior citizens live and in which areas they need wheelchair-friendly and lower step buses.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) which the consoles come fitted with, will give the location of buses in real time.

There had been efforts three years ago to kick start this, but at that time the Fiji Bus Operators Association members were not on the same page. Some members wanted different service providers and then issues came up about interoperability.

The Association has turned to Government and are serious about giving this another go.

Timelines have been set and the ball is in the court for the three service providers – Vodafone Fiji Limited, Digicel Fiji and Bula Mai Fiji – to resolve their issues and work together on something that will go on to benefit this nation.

 

 

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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