Stop people using passes they shouldn’t

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In the past few weeks ticket inspectors and police have been boarding buses checking tickets and bus passes because forgeries are being sold.

These forgeries are mainly for the Stagecoach routes, so I agree with all of this checking. I’ve also noticed that when a concessionary pass is scanned the date of its validity comes up on a screen that can be seen by the person using the pass.

Now that’s all well and good, but if the driver doesn’t check the photo on the pass against the person using it, how does he know that the person using the pass is one who should have it?

The technology is available for the picture of the pass-holder to show on the driver’s screen. If this technology is adopted this would stop the bus companies losing the thousands of pounds in fares by people using passes who are not entitled to them.

Vin Malone