Contactless debit cards to be allowed to pay for single bus journeys

Transport for London announces move which starts Thursday for alternative payment when Oyster cards are out of credit

Transport for London has announced that customers can use contactless debit cards to pay for single bus journeys if their Oyster cards are out of credit.

From Thursday, the capital’s 8,500 buses will accept the new cards, which can be debited for a journey by waving them over the yellow Oyster card reader by the driver’s compartment.

The fare charged will be the same as a single Oyster card fare.

Contactless cards carry a symbol similar to that indicating Wi-Fi or wireless internet on a computer or phone.

Banks have been rolling out the new cards over the last year and there are now more than 30m in circulation.

The cards carry a £20 payment limit and are designed to give customers a fast and easy alternative to cash when making low-value payments and enable a customer to use their card by holding it up to a reader rather than tapping in their pin.

The chip on the card limits the number of consecutive contactless transactions that are allowed before the customer is required to use their PIN number. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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