Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Timmy DooleyTimmy Dooley (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

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.


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