Abu Dhabi and Al Ain’s buses are now fortified with a fare payment device. Five card “validator” devices have been installed at bus entry and exit doors to calculate and deduct fares. The machines also display a card’s remaining balance, The National reported. “I’ve been using this card to test the system for about seven months now,” said a Pakistani bus driver, 45. “We need to make sure the system is ready before the launch. Testing may take another two to three months.” The fare collection system increases passenger flow and is expected to reduce fare-related fraud and revenue loss through a secured transaction technology. To provide more point of sales in remote areas for intercity buses, the Department of Transport has installed driver consoles in all buses. This allows passengers to buy and top up their Hafilat cards and pay for their bus fare.
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