GEORGE NEWS - From Sunday 28 June, cash will no longer be accepted on Go George buses as a means to purchase trips. In a statement released this week, it is explained that this decision forms part of the bus service's continued efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and has from the start of lockdown been mentioned as a safety measure that would be implemented at some level of response to the pandemic.
Until further notice, the Go George Smart Card, introduced as a payment option about 20 months ago, will be the only means of paying for trips.
The cost of the card is minimal. When a person buys one for the first time and can show proof of identity, it is R21 and includes two pre-loaded trips. Thereafter the normal price is R25 and proof of identity is not required, but it does not include any pre-loaded trips.
Any person is allowed to buy cards for family, friends or employees and can even make use of the first-card offer for people whose identity documents they have brought along.
Smart Cards can be bought at the kiosks at the Transport Hub in the CBD, in York Street next to the Civic Centre, at the Blanco Triangle and at the Garden Route Mall. Two Smart Card mobile vehicles also travel through town and park at dedicated locations according to a fixed weekly schedule.
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