Free buses for a fortnight

ALL bus services across Tasmania will be free-of-charge for the next two weeks following a decision to change to a cashless payment system to help reduce to spread of coronavirus. This includes Metro services and O’Driscoll Coaches’ Derwent Valley Link.

The Department of State Growth has announced that all bus services are now cashless, with a fare amnesty applying until April 10 to allow passengers to obtain a smartcard or other cashless payment option. The changes affect public transport and school buses.

“Passengers without a smartcard should apply for one from their bus operator where available during this period,” a spokesman said. “Free travel for the next two weeks is not an invitation to undertake additional travel, passengers should restrict themselves to essential journeys. Everyone is reminded that they must not use public transport if they are supposed to be in isolation or are unwell.”

Students catching school bus services will be able to travel for free until this Friday, April 3. Derwent Valley Link has announced that all timetabled school bus and general access services will run as scheduled this week. “We will update our Facebook page as changes occur. To help us keep our passengers and our drivers safe, please do not travel if you are feeling unwell,” a spokesman said.

For information about ordering a public transport smartcard, visit the Derwent Valley Link website.

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