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Comment on the Bus Services Bill

For immediate release: Wednesday 18 May, 2016
Contact: The UK Cards Association press office, 020 3217 8436

Commenting on the announcement of the Bus Services Bill in the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday 18 May, 2016) , Richard Koch, head of policy at The UK Cards Association, said:

“The Bus Services Bill will bring new powers to areas with executive mayors to improve their bus services and it is important that those planning these improvements build on the development of contactless payments on the London transport network. There are more than a million journeys made every day in the capital using contactless cards, a clear sign passengers enjoy the convenience and speed contactless brings.

“We urge the Government to ensure contactless payments are an option available everywhere, so passengers have consistency and ease wherever they travel, rather than each area using a potentially different solution.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. The UK Cards Association is the trade body for the card payments industry in the UK, representing financial institutions which act as card issuers and acquirers. Members of the Association account for the vast majority of debit and credit cards issued in the UK - issuing in excess of 56 million credit cards and 95 million debit cards - and cover the whole of the payment card acquiring market.
2. The UK Cards Association has been working with the transport industry to develop the new framework which sets out how contactless cards can be used to pay for pay-as-you-go journeys. This includes single trips, such as a bus journey, or combined travel on more than one type of transport, similar to the system in London.

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