Tourists heading for London will from July 6th 2014 no longer be able to use cash to hop on one of the capital’s iconic red buses.
After that date customers wanting to use Transport for London (TfL) buses will have obtain a prepaid Oyster card or a contactless payment card.
TfL have said that their research shows that this change should not impact on visiting tourists whom they say mostly use Oyster and prepaid tickets to pay for their journeys around the capital.
This decision has come about after TfL said that a “considerable drop” in the number of people who pay for their bus fare using cash. TFL have quoted figures that in the year 2000 25% of journeys were paid for by cash, whereas now that figure is around to just one per cent!
A consultation document was issued to around 37,000 Londoners whom one third responded bysaying they agreed that cash fares should be ended. 75% of those surveyed said that they did not use cash on the bus.
In a recent statement TfL said: “This change will not affect 99% of bus passengers who already pay for their journeys using Oyster, prepaid tickets, contactless payment cards or concessionary tickets.
Concerns have been raised by a number of passengers living in outer London, where there are less Oyster top-up machines.
All you need to do is touch your card flat on the yellow card reader as you board the bus. Remember that if you have more than one contactless card, including payment cards, building passes or Oyster cards in your wallet, you may experience card clash. Choose which card you want to use to pay your fare and take it out of your wallet to touch it on the reader.
When you touch your card on the reader, you should get a green light, which means it has been accepted for travel. The passenger display on the driver’s ticket machine will show the message ‘Payment card £1.45 charged’. If you get a red light, your card has been rejected and you will need to use another payment method.
By touching your contactless payment card on the yellow card reader, you are giving authorisation for the cost of a single bus journey to be taken from your card (account). You will be charged £1.45 for each bus journey you make with a contactless payment card.
You won’t get a receipt (or paper bus ticket) when you use a contactless payment card; exactly the same as when you use an Oyster card. Each bus journey made using your contactless card will be shown as a separate transaction on your bank or card statement.
Like Oyster, you can only pay for one person per journey with a contactless payment card. If you are travelling in a group, each person will have to use a separate contactless payment card or other method of payment.
If you have used a contactless payment card to pay for your journey, you must show it to an inspector when asked.
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