02 Apr 2020

Bristol Community Transport accelerates contactless adoption in response to coronavirus

Bristol Community Transport will be accepting contactless payment on all of their buses from Monday 06 April 2020.

The move to contactless EMV, using Littlepay’s payment processing and Ticketer ticketing technology, has been a long-term project, which has gathered speed in recent weeks in a bid to protect the health and safety of the transport provider’s staff and customers.

Although there is no UK government advice currently regarding the risk of handling cash, the World Health Organisation has advised against using paper money and warned people to wash their hands after using banknotes. UK Finance, the trade association representing the finance and payments industry in the United Kingdom, has raised the limit for contactless payments from £30 to £45, responding to the growing demand for cash- and PIN-free payment methods.

Jimmy Sommerville, General Manager South West HCT Group, says: “We are launching contactless payments on Bristol Community Transport Buses in Bristol and are pleased to give customers a simple way to pay using their contactless bank card or digital wallet. Along with implementing social distancing on our buses, we hope this gives peace of mind to those who need to travel during the coronavirus lockdown, many of whom are vital key workers.”

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