February 4, 2014

London bus drivers to stop taking cash fares

LONDON — Transportation officials told The Mirror that because 99% of riders use Oyster fare cards, pre-paid tickets, contactless payment cards or concession tickets instead of currency, bus drivers will no longer accept cash for fare starting this summer.

Cash payments cost £24 million a year — the equivalent of $32.4 million — and removing the option would create “significant” savings, Transport for London’s Leon Daniels told the paper.

However, a member of a transportation advocacy group voiced concerns to The Mirror about the impact of the change on visitors and “vulnerable members of society.” For the full story, click here.

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