Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Gone are the days of not being allowed to board a bus because you don’t have the right change or because your Oyster card has no money on it.
It means that you don’t have to pay up front for an Oyster card, or run the risk of finding a driver who refuses to break a £5 note.
It will also be a financial boost to Transport For London, which has to hand over a proportion of every top-up to the companies running the Oyster scheme.
There had been a plan to offset the costs by convincing shopkeepers to accept Oyster cards to pay for newspapers, cigarettes and the like, but they were very reluctant.
Now the plan is to go the other way in accepting bank cards at tube turnstiles and on bus ticket machines.
The new system will use MasterCard’s PayPass platform: but it should also support cards using Visa’s PayWave system.