Smartcard Technology

Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne PPS (Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal, Minister of State), Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the roll-out of smartcard technology for travel on (a) buses, (b) trams and (c) metro systems outside London.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

In England, outside London, it is for local transport authorities, working with public transport operators, to decide whether to introduce smartcard technology on buses, trams and metro systems, in response to local needs and priorities.

Local Transport Planning Guidance stipulates that the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation (ITSO) Specifications, which form part of the e-Government Unit e-Government Interoperability Framework GIF standards, shall be used for all procurements.

The ITSO Specifications—the national standards for ticketing systems—were published by the Department for Transport in March 2004.

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