More e-payment platforms to be included in transport subsidy scheme: Frank Chan

Local | 15 Sep 2021 2:24 pm

The government's public transport fare subsidy scheme will cover more e-payment platforms in the future, said Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan.

Speaking in Legislative Council this morning, Chan said the government has reached out to a few e-payment platform operators on including other platforms apart from Octopus cards in the fare subsidy scheme.

The government will first introduce a proposal with details of the arrangement before discussing the matter with public transport companies, according to Chan.

Lawmakers also asked if elderly can pay the concession fare of HK$2 using other electronic platforms like WeChat Pay or Alipay by scanning a QR code in the future.

On that, Chan said it would be difficult to verify passengers' identity and eligibility for the HK$2 concession fare. Currently no real-name registration nor presentation of identity photos is required for these e-payment platforms that involve scanning a QR code, he noted.

It is necessary to regulate elderly to enjoy the concession fare only by using the JoyYou Octopus card – a card specially designed for those aged 60 or above with their Chinese and English names as well as a photo printed on the card – so that the offer will not be abused, Chan added.

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