Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Great. My next question is on a matter in respect of which we have been receiving correspondence, that being, using electronic payment for public transport. We go into restaurants and other places where they will only accept electronic payment now because Covid has advanced its introduction. Last night, I took a taxi from Heuston Station to here. The taxi driver would not accept electronic payment, so I had to stop along the way at an ATM to take out money. Has the NTA considered this matter? What is the legal process for instituting electronic payment across public transport, be it on buses or trains or in taxis? In ways, it would be a much safer model in terms of money and Covid. Is this matter being considered? What would the structure be and how would it be done?


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