Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
Revised National Development Plan: Discussion
That is okay. Some of the other public transport issues have already been addressed. I had a concern about the payment issues, and I thank Ms Graham for her answers on that subject. In this day and age, it is somewhat absurd to have such issues, given the chip-and-PIN technology which exists. Much of the increasing use of such technology is being rapidly advanced by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, because people are carrying much less cash and change. It is necessary to quickly advance this chip-and-PIN and touch technology. It should be available not just in taxis, as was rightly identified, but on all public transport. The Leap card already exists. I am not a technical expert in this area, but I assume that the technology is there to make it possible to deal with the major card operators in this context.