The Alliance Owners Of Public Transport (AOPT) is fully on board with Government’s move to a cashless system, but it may not be able to make the switch at the speed of the Transport Board.
In addition, says chairman Roy Raphael, they are putting plans in place to transform conductors, who would no longer be needed, into drivers when the system fully kicks into gear.
He said they had started a pilot project with taxi operators, but a company had agreed to work closely with them and Government to bring the cashless system to Barbados.
“It makes sense to have one cashless system in place for Government and PSVs [public service vehicles]. I don’t think it will be good to have two different types,” he told the Daily Nation yesterday.
On Sunday, during the Transport Board’s 67th anniversary church service, Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources Santia Bradshaw announced that Government was looking to roll out its automatic fare collection system by next January. (RA)