More vehicles to go contactless with £1.1m money boost

A funding of boost of £1.1 million should mean more bus travelers can pay their deals using contactless technological innovation.

The Scottish Govt has released the new finance to help small bus firms with the price of setting up the necessary technological innovation.

Transport Assistant Eileen Matheson said for such companies the price of this could be “prohibitively high”.

With contactless payments now becoming “the norm” for many, he included the change would create it “easier to gain accessibility journey in Scotland”.

Major bus providers have already introduced this form of transaction, allowing tourists to pay deals with a credit card or using their cell phone.

The finance, which includes £440,000 of Western money and £660,000 from the Scottish Govt, was set up after the “complexities and barriers” of setting up the new techniques were outlined.

Speaking about the release of the Intelligent Pay Allow Fund, Mr Matheson said: “Contactless transaction has quickly become typical for many people looking to purchase low-cost products and services and we are now seeking to assistance this convenience on our trains and vehicles networks, making it simpler to gain accessibility journey in Scotland.

“For more compact bus providers in particular, the price to update machines can be excessively high and so this finance reacts to a need to assistance and encourage more compact providers to help create the conversion to contactless transaction techniques – gaining everyone who selects to journey more self-sufficiently by using vehicles.”

He added: “The Intelligent Pay Allow Fund will place more compact providers on a more equal ground with larger bus providers and provide wiser, quicker and simpler dealings for travelers right across Scotland.”