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E-transport Cards In Sufficient Supply

Whilst the out of stock situation of disposable cards is regretted, vast majority of the travelling public is not affected.
25 Feb 2020 10:42
E-transport Cards In Sufficient Supply
A total Fiji population of 890,000, so far have been issued 1.4 million permanent e-transport cards to the public.

The majority of travelling public is not affected by the shortage of disposable cards.

Vodafone Fiji’s head of e-commerce and corporate affairs Shailendra Prasad.

Mr Prasad said: “We still have sufficient stock of permanent e-transport cards.

“For a total Fiji population of 890,000, so far we have issued 1.4 million permanent e-transport cards to the public.

“It is important to note that out of all the e-ticketing bus fare payments that take place in a month throughout Fiji, only three per cent are made through disposable cards.

Stock situation

“Hence, whilst the out of stock situation of disposable cards is regretted, vast majority of the travelling public is not affected.

“People still have the option to use their current permanent cards or get one from their nearest Vodafone outlet,” he said.

He said China being the biggest supplier of manufactured goods in the world, the impact of Coronavirus on supplies out of China is affecting a lot of industries worldwide including supply of disposable cards.

“We ask the public for their understanding and patience and for them to plan better for their bus travel by topping up their cards in advance,” he said.

Malfunction machines

In response to concerns raised by the public on the malfunction of some of the e-ticketing machines in buses, he said the onus is on the bus companies to ensure the machines on their buses are in good working order.

Fiji bus operators association president Nisar Ali Shah chose not to comment on the matter.

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