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Students face minor issues with e-ticketing

October 2, 2017 1:40 am

Many students who boarded the bus this morning on their way to school faced some difficulties with the new e-ticketing system.

Dudley High School, student Shannon Valentine told FBC News some machines were not working and the bus drivers also had a hard time adjusting to it.

“My driver I don’t think he knows how to use it because he was telling us to just come and go in and he was trying to push some buttons. And when we’re trying to get early to school with this e-ticketing thing we were late this morning because everyone’s trying to get in to tap their card and some of the machines were not working.”

Meanwhile, school children were to board buses irrespective of whether they had received their school e-transport cards or not.

Central Transport Company Ltd Driver, Ronald Lal, says many students were allowed to travel free as they did not have an e-transport card or their cards did not have sufficient funds.

“Some of the students come in free because they haven’t got a card or a card that’s topped up. But our manager has told us to let the students in and our bus checkers have told us too. So we’re letting them in for free because we can’t stop them, they are the future of this country.”

Students were allowed to travel free for today since Vodafone Fiji and the Education Ministry continue the distribution of e-transport cards for next few days.

Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says those students who have not received their cards will get one soon.