TapStuffed for Christmas by FirstBus

Throughout November and December we are replacing our current ticket and MCV machines with new smart card enabled machines.


Actually—no! You are introducing new “Dumb cards.”

The old ones were open season tickets which were validated on first use and then available for 7 or 31 days. I buy a wad of them when they are on discount and use them as needed. The new ones have a start and end date on them when purchased so you have to know in advance when you are going to want them. No late booking of holidays then else lose a chunk of your season ticket.

Anyway, these are only interim tickets read by eye-of-driver as the full network of machines won’t be installed and operational until April (according to the Council) then real smart tickets become available, but I wonder just how smart they will be and in whose favour.

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