Only saw this by chance today and think it needs some more publicity
There have been quite a number of threads on here about it
But reminders are probably necessary all the same
It's been the subject of much discussion in London and we have had local news items on it.
It will actually have very little impact as very few people actually pay cash on London's buses. Those of us living in London and not travelling regularly using travelcards and bus passes switched to using pay-as-you-go on Oyster long ago because of the serious saving over cash fares. Visitors usually arrive armed with one-day travelcards, or obtain them on arrival. Tourists staying a few days usually get travelcards for the ease and convenience. People paying cash on a bus now amount less than 1%, and most of those are people have forgotten to top up their Oyster pay-as-you-go - they either need to get more organised, or set up auto-top-up. And you can now go one journey into negative balance.
The arguments about those who only have cash and no other means of payment for whatever reason are well-rehearsed, but in reality apply to the tiniest minority of people. Drivers also have discretion to allow someone to travel without paying if they consider the person to be in a vulnerable situation.Edited: 07 July 2014, 10:18
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