When fbb travelled to school on York Brothers' bus, Dougie sold him a ticket like this:-
The company intends to be the first bus operator outside London to offer customers ‘touch in touch out’ contactless payment. The new ticket machines, designed to read contactless debit or credit cards, in addition to ITSO smartcards such as concessionary bus passes, will be introduced to buses from the autumn and will initially allow customers with an ITSO smartcard to touch in. Contactless bank cards will be accepted across England from late 2012.
Unlike Oyster, customers won’t need to carry an additional card or worry about pre-payment or topping up. Customers using the contactless cards will simply see the cost of the fare deducted from their bank or credit card balance.
That sounds like a great way to speed up payment, OR clog up entry and exit so much that the bus is horrifically delayed. TWO machines on every bus. TWO machines to go wrong. TWO machines to be paid for by increased fares. that's TWO card readers, plus conventional ticket machine technology for those who still want to pay with those much maligned old fashioned little metal discs.
The "back-office" confuser will then calculate the fare and deduct it "seamlessly" from our account. Like Oyster, we are told, the clever little gubbins will "cap" our expenditure as a replacement for various seasons and travelcards.
1. Bring back "Dougie" (OMO if you like) and his "kerching"; it was much quicker.
2. Contactless Card Payment - be afraid, be VERY afraid.
To gladden the tortured hearts of us "old codgers" here is a lovely pic of a real Trent bus, preserved and pre-Mango and presumably once conducted by Nottingham's version of Dougie. Sigh! It was all so simple, then.
Next blog : Sunday September 18th