Surely it is with some trepidation that the Chiefly Stanhope announces that ACTION is moving towards smartcards on the bus system.
There’s nothing wrong with smartcards per se. Being able to swipe the whole wallet is great. As is topping them up over the net from our iPhones.
The problem is that the system will also require callow youth and dopey commuters to remember to swipe the card as they get off the bus.
Even assuming the technology works flawlessly (stop sniggering up the back there) we look forward to a deluge of stories about how the writer’s precious child couldn’t possibly have forgotten to swipe off 20 times.
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The trial will start in August. But we all know trials in this town are conducted after the decision is made.